Elisabet Raquel GarcĂ­a (she/they), Global Education DEI specialist, shares how language barriers prevented her from connecting with her family and how her determination to build a relationship prompted her to become a fluent Spanish speaker in five years.

Samantha Peralta (she/her) shares with URep Abroad how her Mexican-American heritage and being outside her comfort zone sparked her determination to work in the international education field.

Ashley Jaramillo Cason (she/her) shares with URep Abroad how her Colombian-American identity shaped her worldview and approach to being resilient.

Dr. Miguel Ayllon (he/him) shares how his Latino heritage guided him as an international educator and how valuing people over tasks helped him find his calling.