Bernadette Medrano interviewed by Scherly Virgill Ariaga, June 20th, 2016, Santa Ana, California, Oral History #5855, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Bernedette Medrano, activist and advocate for the advancement of Latino/a educational programs. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Medrano’s experience participating, organizing, and creating programs for Latino/a youth. Specifically, this interview provides information on Medrano’s challenging childhood, growing up without her mother; explains the difficulty in understanding her identity; discusses how her green eyes and fair skin prevented others to see and accept her as a Chicana; explains overcoming alcohol addiction and achieving sobriety in 1994; discusses her quest for finding her voice, and her mission to help others do the same; describes how after having a successful, corporate career, she took a year off to think about her purpose in life; explains her role as advisor for the “Creating A Path to Success” (CAPS) program for the California State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; details how CAPS provides young students with leadership skills and tools to be successful; discusses how current women’s organizations are more inclusive than women’s organizations from her generation; describes her husband’s support in her life and career; and finally, how she encourages young women to be fearless.
Bernedette Medrano, 2016.
Bernedette Medrano with interviewer, Scherly Virgill, 2016.
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