ARIANA APARICIO CELEBRATES HER ACCEPTANCE TO THE HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION WITH HER FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS
Ariana was 4 years old when she moved with her family from Mexico City to Point Reyes in 1994. She is a graduate of West Marin Elementary, Tomales High and Santa Rosa Junior College, and received her B.A. in sociology from Sonoma State University, where she graduated with honors in 2011. In 2012, she was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, a program giving people who were brought to the U.S. at a young age temporary protection from deportation and allowed them to have a work permit. When DACA was rescinded in September 2017, Ariana applied to graduate school and renewed her DACA application in March 2018. The program is now being debated in the courts, and new applications are not being accepted. Ariana is off to Boston at the end of July to work on her master’s in education at Harvard University and undertake a paid internship training future teachers to support their undocumented students.
“I am truly grateful for my family, my many mentors and my memorable educators, and my friends who have inspired me to pursue my dreams;
they’ve all been planting and watering me. “ — Ariana Aparicio June 2018