I have been rooted in Queens all my life. My parents arrived in the early 60’s with their permanent residency from Colombia (since then they both became US citizens), they divorced when I was two years old. I was brought up by my mother; she has always been a strong woman who faced her challenges by herself while not having any family by her side since they never thought to live here in the states.
During my school age I was a product of the NYC public school system attending schools in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst: for elementary schools I went to PS 89, 69, and 149; for middle school I went to IS 145; and I attended and graduated Newtown High School. I went to college soon after, attending Baruch College and thereafter Mary Mount Manhattan College (like many people not finishing my degree).
In my teenage years I went to meetings with my mother regarding politics of Colombia and the US; then in my early 20’s I participated on my own. While going to these meetings I met Nayibe Nunez-Berger, Helen Sears, Helen Marshall, Alice Cardona and others. Nayibe Nunez-Berger has been a very close friend of my mother and always encouraged me to participate in many community activities.