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    • Diana Sofía Delgado Cornejo

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      Born in Lima, Peru, Diana Delgado Cornejo was five when she hopped on a plane to Los Angeles with her parents, both computer scientists. After 9/11, the company that sponsored her father laid off...

    • Natalie Jia Guo

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      For all the tremendous educators she has had, Natalie J. Guo has her greatest teachers—her mother and father—to thank for the two lessons that have been most formative in her upbringing. Her father,...

    • Woong Y Hwang

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      Woong Y. Hwang was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until he was fifteen. In the late 1990’s, Korea’s economy faced major financial crises, which greatly impacted his family both financially and...

    • Sunil Kumar Joshi

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      Sunil Kumar Joshi was born in Vallejo, California to immigrants from India who came to the United States with a desire to give their children a better future. His parents struggle to provide for...

    • Harriet Kiwanuka

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      Born in Norwood, Massachusetts, Harriet Kiwanuka is the daughter of two Ugandan immigrants, whose determination and devotion serve as her ultimate driving force. All that she has accomplished is a...

    • Nancy Ko

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      When Nancy Ko’s parents immigrated from an island off the coast of the Korean peninsula to the neighborhood of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, they did not expect their street to be a cross-section of the...

    • Kristie Tuong La

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      Kristie La’s parents met as teenagers in a refugee camp off the coast of Malaysia, after each had escaped Vietnam by boat after the Vietnam War. Though Kristie’s mother ended up in Des Moines and her...

    • Jenny Yongjia Liu

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      Jenny Liu was born in Beijing, China and had moved five times in China, Canada, and the United States by age eight. She lived with her maternal grandparents, mother, and eventually, both parents....

    • Shamik Mascharak

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      Shamik Mascharak was born in Santa Cruz, California to parents who immigrated from India in search of educational opportunities for their children. As educators themselves, his parents stressed the...

    • Daniel Najera

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      Daniel was born in Chicago, but grew up in Durango, Mexico. Daniel was sixteen when he moved to El Paso, Texas to escape economic hardship and lack of educational opportunities. Living in the border...

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