Joselin Cisneros has a very special relationship with the elote. After her father suffered a debilitating workplace accident, she and her mother spent years making ends meet selling corn and fruit on Chicago’s streets. Inspired by her mother’s resilience, Joselin stared the challenges of being undocumented in the US right in the face, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college.
Joselin’s story is one of awakening and action. “I’ve learned that our parents make this country run and our students have a thirst for knowledge,” she shares. Calling on everyone in the audience to help get more Mexicanos through college, having herself been part of building a scholarship fund and mentoring other students.
“With the ganas that I learned from my mom, I was able to say: You’re not going to tell me what I can and cannot do.”
Joselin Cisneros Enlace Chicago
Joselin Cisneros left Morelos, Mexico and crossed the U.S. border at age six with her mother and siblings, arriving in Chicago’s Pilsen in 1997. Having graduated high school with honors, yet still facing a myriad of challenges being undocumented, Joselin dedicated her time as a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, and now her career as a college graduate fighting to create opportunities for more undocumented students to pursue higher education.
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