My name is Maria Dominguez and I’m currently working on a dual major in an accelerated BSN program and liberal arts. I was born in Mexico City and came to America at the age of three to live the “American Dream.”
Adversity is a huge advantage and it’s the very foundation of success. We are resilient. Our lives are the very definition of grit. We are afforded all the opportunities that we have here especially because our ancestors survived through so many things, they are counting on us.
My name is Brianna Cardenas. I’m a Physician Assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer, and a professor at the University of La Verne’s Physician Assistant Program. My clinical specialty is pain management with a special emphasis on holistic healing methods. This includes exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, and cannabis. I’m a patient advocate and love to help patients learn how to manage injuries and illnesses so they can live the best quality of life possible.
My name is Frederick Grady and I am a first-generation Afro-Latinx medical student in my third year of medical school. If I sat here and wrote a piece stating that my journey to medicine has been easy, I’d be lying. As the first in my family to attend medical school, it feels like the world is on my shoulders and I have no wiggle room to mess up.