Velarde-Hernandez, Diane

Chicano Movement Activist; Longtime high school educator





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ID 161
Title An oral history with Diane Velarde-Hernandez
Date 2017-11-09
OH ID OH 6003
Citation Diane Velarde-Hernandez interviewed by Helen Yoshida, November 9, 2017, Acton, California, Oral History # 6003, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Acton, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Parents
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Family → Childhood Experiences
Locations → Pacoima, California
Locations → San Fernando Valley
Family → Parenting → Working Mom
Family → Divorce → Single Parent Home
Family → Domestic Violence
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Alcoholism
Family → Grandparents
Religion → Catholicism
Family → Values
Work → Occupations → Teaching
Family → Siblings
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Latino/a → Mexican/Mexican American History
Historic Periods → 1960s
Activism → Student Activism
Chicano/a Movement → Chicano/a Activism
Chicano/a Movement → Chicano Movement
Chicano/a Movement → Chicano Moratorium
Chicano/a Movement → Chicano Studies
Activism → Education Activism
Chicano/a Movement → Walkouts
Direct Action → Walkouts
Education → Public Schools
Counties → Los Angeles → Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Family → Role Models
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Activism → Advice on getting involved
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Ideology → Feminism
People → Clinton, Hillary
Colleges → California State University, Northridge
Media → Magazines → Con Safos


An oral history of Diane Velarde-Hernandez, a retired educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Oral History Project at California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about Velarde-Hernandez’s involvement with the Chicano Movement, through education and literature. This interview covers Velarde-Hernandez’s childhood in Pacoima; remembers her close relationship with her mother, grandmother, and community; talks about her awareness of Chicano civil rights, participation in the 1968 East Los Angeles high school walkouts, and United Farmworker’s Union protests; recollects participation and distribution of Con Safos magazine; discusses 33-year long teaching career at San Fernando High School, participation in the Chicano Moritorium, and advocating an end to the Vietnam War; recalls the power and influence of Chicano/a leaders and individuals in her life and educational opportunities; provides advice for future women activists; reflects on challenges and accomplishments as an activist; shares opinion on men in power, and how #MeToo movement impacts her interactions with men today; and finally, provides thoughts on feminism and how Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign affected women and politics.


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Description> Diane Velarde-Hernandez with interviewer Helen Yoshida, 2017.