Peer Adviser, Luis Baltazar

Peer Adviser, Luis Baltazar

Peer Adviser, Luis Baltazar

About Me:

As the first person in my family to graduate high school and attend college, I can empathize with the struggle of navigating a four year university. I grew up in Koreatown, Los Angeles raised by my mother and older sister acknowledging the upmost respect and love for them. It was difficult for me staying motivated throughout school as I saw my family and friends deeply rooted in gangs and drugs. I knew that my goal growing up was to pursue higher education and continue my path as a first generation student. Education has made the biggest impact in my life by providing me a light at the end of the tunnel through adversity. I feel like this is what lead me to become a future educator that deconstructs an oppressive teacher-student relationship to promote inquiry and critical thinking. I aspire to be a high school literature teacher with a pedagogy to implement empowering tools like self-authorship, resilience, solidarity, critical and divergent thinking students in low-income communities that are constantly told that there story does not matter. I hope to aspire students to use writing as a form of rebellion and self-expression towards any critical issue and identity that students feel needs dialogue and awareness.

Hometown:

Koreatown, Los Angeles, California

Education:

  • BA, Sociology and Education Minor, University of Santa Cruz, California

Favorite Quote:

“The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy. To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras be a crossroads.” - Gloria Anzaldua

Contact me:

Email: oakespa@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-4531