The News Review
May 27, 2017
JODI WILLIS
June 11, 2017

MIRIAM ALEXIS JORDAN

MIRIAM ALEXIS JORDAN

“I immigrated to the San Francisco Bay area with my parents from El Salvador when I was an infant. The only time I saw my father be truly joyful was when we finally became US citizens 10 years later. As a family, we celebrated. It was only later that I realized the burden he must have carried to make this so. My parents stressed the importance of speaking English well and studying hard. I was taught that I had to work twice as hard as anyone else to receive respect. My teachers helped me become acculturated to life in a community that had very few people of color. Like many of my fellow Americans, I worked hard to make a good life and contribute to my community. I moved to Eugene, Oregon 24 years ago and was fortunate to have received support, lessons, and opportunities to grow. My first job was at Lane Community College, where I gained an appreciation for higher education and the importance of lifelong learning. I attended Linfield College while working full time, and earned a B.S in Arts and Humanities. Shortly thereafter, I was hired at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. I attended the UO while working full time, and earned an M.S. in Arts Administration. Later, I was hired at the Robert D. Clark Honors College, and in my 7th academic year, am a strong believer in the importance of a liberal arts education and lifelong learning. Throughout these efforts, I also served on various visual arts and community boards, including Centro Latino Americano, a non-profit organization that serves Latino families, as a way to give back to our community and help open doors for our underrepresented citizens to resources that help them succeed. I am grateful for the allies who have supported me over the years, and I ask for their continued vigilance.”

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