Learning as a MerPerson

  • Ana Leandro-Ramos California State University, Los Angeles
Keywords: first-generation college, identity, education


Ana Leandro is a graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles. In her poem, she describes herself as a supernatural being in order to demonstrate that traditional labels are not enough to describe the multiple identities she ascribes to. She also expresses how education has empowered her to embrace her multiple identities and advocate for resources tailored to help first-generation students succeed and develop a sense of belonging. With this spoken word poem, Leandro hopes to increase awareness of experiences unique to first-generation students and address institutions that lack support and resources to help them succeed.