Redefining Cultural Assimilation

Leilani Chirino is a proud Cuban dancer and medical student who grew up in Miami. We discuss the challenges of creating and maintaining connections to our parents’ homeland in majority White higher education institutions and environments. 

“My family was very stringent on not whitewashing. As kids. I went to a Cuban school. I spoke Spanish up until I learned English. I think in high school. I started talking in high school.  Our community was multiracial, multiethnic, you know, lower class, but it was beautiful.” ~Leilani Chirino 

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