"Latina President"Mildred Garcia has just been proclaimed the new Cal State University of Fullerton President. A woman born and raised in the state of New York, she truly knows the hardship of the true Latino. Her parents both migrated from Puerto Rico and taught her the importance of education at a very young age. She was met with hardship when her father passed away at a very young age leaving her and her six siblings to be left alone raised by her mother. She worked her way through college and encountered harsh criticism that sparked a fire in her to continue her education. She was told that she would never make it by one of her professors. She decided to prove that professor wrong by continuing her education and getting her bachelors in Business Education from Bernard M. Baruch College. She didn’t stop there, in fact she pursued her education and received a Master’s in Business Education from the University of New York. She could have stopped there like many other students but instead she received another Master’s in Administration and later obtained an Education doctorate. Her hunger for knowledge is something that has really shown in her impressive resume. Her resume doesn’t stop there. In fact, she has worked at many universities as both a professor and served as President to two other schools not including Cal State Fullerton. Her drive to increase diversity in universities and make programs that let minority students acknowledge their problems about academics is something she really strives to put in her agenda. With economic times becoming more difficult her experience as a professor and as a part of administrative staff will demonstrate in all of her decisions. Mildred Garcia brings pride to the Latino community because she truly is a fine example of what the Latino community can achieve if they really want it. It is importance to acknowledge that the Latino community is not shrinking but in fact is increasing exponentially and we must do something to promote education. We welcome Mildred Garcia, the first Latina President to the Fullerton campus and hope that she will continue to strive for better education in the Latino community. I wish her all the success in the world and hope that she will make great decision for the future of the minority student.

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Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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