?ŪHarvard, Si Se Puede!

DREAM Activist, one semester away from graduation, needs help

By Sylvia Rodriguez
Published on LatinoLA: February 18, 2011

?ŪHarvard, Si Se Puede!

Have you ever been so close to a goal, but so far at the same time?

This is exactly how I feel‘«™

I am one semester away from graduating with my Masters degree in Education from Harvard. Truth is, I am $7,000 away‘«™ To some, that might not seem like a huge amount. However, to someone like me, it is a huge amount of money. I have tried my very hardest to reach as many people as I can, and have fundraised like crazy! I need your help now. I am out of ideas about how to raise the amount I need to be able to graduate in May with the rest of my class and continue to pursue my dreams.

What would you do in this situation?

At Harvard, I am learning how to start my own school, run a non-profit, become a social entrepreneur, and be innovative in my goals. Whatever I do, I know it has to involve social change, justice, and community empowerment.

I have received wonderful opportunities, that I will forever be grateful for. I feel a tremendous responsibilty to tell the stories of students like me.

I am working on articles that are going to be published in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, and the Harvard Education Review. I want people to try to understand what it is like to be in my situation, and to understand about the struggles being faced by the people in Arizona, and all over this country. I especially want to tell the story of the children who are separated from their parents and sometimes left alone in this country because of community and worksite raids by ICE. I want people to know that we have something to contribute to this country.

I want to make it through, break this concrete, break through the glass-celing, the bars, the barbed wire, and obstacles in my way‘«™Liberation, justice, and dignity is what I thirst for.

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About Sylvia Rodriguez:
I am a "DREAM ACTivist/Undocumented/Citizenship Challenged/sin papeles" self-indentifying Xicana from Arizona "Ground Zero" for anti-immigrant/migrant movement. I got accepted to Harvard, and will be graduating May 2011.
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