An eloquent blog that really needed to be written. This type of attitude has no place in our world let alone in academia. It is time we all stand up and make difference, challenge our perceptions and others and treat people with the respect, dignity that we all deserve. Small minded assumptions end up hurting everyone unless we use them as a catalyst for positive change. Do not let others determine your worth, stand tall and be all you can be. Be who and what you want to be.


My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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