June 2021 Issue
Francisco Cordero, Assistant Director Career Advising, Center for Career Development
Which identities are you most proud of?
I’ve always been proud of my “latinidad”. Growing up with two Puerto Rican parents, they instilled in me the values and love of my Latin culture through dance, food, music, family traditions, and more food! Puerto Ricans have a strong sense of pride and love for their culture and country, and it has been imbedded in my personal passion and interests. In Puerto Rico, when we feel good about something and we want to express it, we say “WEPA."
What kind of household/family did you grow up in and how did this impact your identities?
Education was a big priority in my family. My parents were the first in our family to leave Puerto Rico and seek advance degrees at Rutgers University. My father earned his master’s degree in Social Work (he recently retired from the field after 30+ years of service) and my mother earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs (she started as a parole officer and has now taught elementary school Spanish for over 20 years). Growing up, my sister and I learned the value of education and the opportunities it creates when you invest the time in it.