My generation is graduating from college with insurmountable student loan debt which is setting back our ability to purchase homes and start a family. The Trump Administration’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place our lives, our income, and our access to education at risk. Nobody working a full-time job should be one emergency room visit or one major-life event from bankruptcy.
As a graduate of the public administration program from Adams State University, I am proud to be where I am today. The road has not been easy. As a high school student, college was unattainable. My grades and my passion were strong, however, I was lacking the tools and resources needed to succeed.
Joe Biden has committed to triple funding for Title I schools. His plan increases social workers and guidance counselors in schools and allots resources for culturally appropriate and specific programming.
We need to see more Latinos with access to education and more Latinos voting. We need to see someone in the White House who believes in access to education and access to fundamental resources for working families. Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are those leaders because they believe in us.
My mother came to América for a better future. As a little girl, I watched her work long, hard hours, and be resilient and brave in the face of challenges. English was not her first language. That did not stop her from standing her ground, demanding the respect she deserved, and pursuing a stable income to support her family. My mother is the reason I’m a college graduate. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Adams State University, which led to my career in the nonprofit sector connecting marginalized communities with tools and resources for a better life.
As a high school student, college application guidelines and deadlines were new to my family and I. My only reference to the college application process was through pop-culture. I’m grateful to have inherited my mother’s grit and perseverance to pursue avenues and navigate the FAFSA and college process on my own. As lucky as I was, families shouldn’t have to struggle for these resources. Access to these resources are vital to ensuring economic stability for Latino families.
As a leader in my community, I’ve seen first hand how the Trump administration continues to remove resources and drive our generation into debt. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris understand the struggles college students face. They are committed to increasing access to higher education, providing options to reduce student loan debt, and adding resources for college students that includes accessibility to two or four-year colleges.
Voting for Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris will offer a road to a progressive education system, with a plan to increase psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in our schools, and to make more schools community schools with wraparound support. Their plan addresses the need to increase spending for schools that serve rural communities and focus on vocational training.
I’m the first in my family to graduate college and the first to vote. I never imagined I’d attend or even graduate from college. No one should ever see college as unattainable. We need to see more Latinos with access to education and more Latinos voting. We need to see someone in the White House who believes in access to education and access to fundamental resources for working families.
Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are those leaders because they believe in us.
Azarel Madrigal-Chase is a leader in the nonprofit sector advocating for marginalized individuals changing the trajectory of their future, she is an activist for working families, and a champion for social change.
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