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Nov. 2, 2020

Student view: My contributions

Janet Ibarra

 

Janet Ibarra is an Honors College senior double majoring in social relations and policy and political science in James Madison College and the College of Social Science. She is also a Social Science Scholar and is earning a minor in Chicano/Latino studies.
 
Working long hours in the hot, blueberry fields, making low wages and being surrounded by pesticides is where I came from. My mother and father both migrated from Mexico in 1997 with hope, faith and dreams for a better life. 
 
Despite facing setbacks such as not speaking English, having no education past the middle school level and having eight children, my parents found a place for my family in America by working as migrant laborers in Michigan.
 
As I reflect, I am thankful to have grown up with this background; it has afforded me a heightened awareness to inequity and injustice — as I have witnessed, firsthand, the real obstacles and oppression those who are not invited to sit at the table face. My history teaches me to persevere in spite of all odds. 

“I have witnessed, firsthand, the real obstacles and oppression those who are not invited to sit at the table face.”
I am extremely thankful MSU — though the College Assistance Migrant Program Scholars Initiative, or CAMP — sought out students at my rural high school in Bangor, Mich. My high school doesn’t have the test scores or funding that a lot of other schools boast, but MSU believed people in my community have contributions to make. 
 
When one is given opportunities, there is a moral obligation to stand up and speak up against the injustices vulnerable humans live day after day. After earning my undergraduate degree in social relations and policy and political science (pre-law) with a minor in Chicano/Latino studies, I will attend law school to one day practice immigration law.
 
 

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