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Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.
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Angelica V. Hernández is a writer, teacher, speaker, researcher, educator, and survivor. But deeper than any one label, she is a passionate communicator. Holding a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a doctorate in education, both from UCLA, Angelica’s work is best seen through the lens of social justice. Through academic training interwoven with her own powerful story, she integrates issues of race, class, gender, and social position as she discusses timely concerns.



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Understanding Poverty From the Inside: Food

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 6:35 PM

This is the fourth installment in a series: "Understanding Poverty from the Inside."
Over the course of my research, one prominent theme that emerged related to diet and access to food, both at school and at home. Food stamps were the primary means families used to buy the families...

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Understanding Poverty From the Inside: Home and the Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:08 PM

This is the third installment in a series: "Understanding Poverty from the Inside."
You can imagine asking an open-ended question about specific moment in time would provoke multifaceted and complex responses. Through the process of storytelling, layered impressions of the barriers and challenges emerged and living and stories of...

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Understanding Poverty from the Inside: Defining Poverty.

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 12:08 PM

This is the second installment in a series: "Understanding Poverty from the Inside."

When I think of poverty, images from my own life flood my mind before a word even comes through. Even today as I write, I struggle to commit the words to print. I am...

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Understanding Poverty From the Inside: Introduction

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 5:13 PM

This is the first installment in a series: "Understanding Poverty from the Inside." Poverty has many definitions; however, whether defined by academics, lexicons of government institutions, or the media, each definition is missing one very critical element: the subjective experience of being poor. Poverty is more than just not having...

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(W)right It Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:31 PM

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences. I was seven when a gangbanger from the neighborhood raped me, I couldn't tell my mom then, because she was having her own crisis. He crises seemed more catastrophic...

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Homework Hell

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Deep beneath the soiled gym clothes, the crumpled math worksheet and the granola bar wrapper lay the silent enemy. Homework. This WFD (Weapon of Family Destruction) is a ticking time bomb that competes with the ticking of the clock on the kitchen wall.

Parents are engaged in a war...

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Levanta las Alitas

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:21 PM

My mother's ankles are crossed and locked into place as she sits on the white plastic shower chair. She faces the showerhead; the profile of her body is all I can see. I am bent over on my knees trying to wash her feet.

"Mamita, necesito tu pie."

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My First Love Was a Sexual Predator

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 6:40 PM

My BFF and I spent hours in her bedroom smoking cigarettes, pressing rewind and play on her mixed tape in an attempt to memorize the lyrics to the Stray Cats' "Sexy & 17" and Spandau Ballet's "True." We danced around the room, blowing kisses to posters of Rod Stewart, John...

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Christopher Dorner and Racial Battle Fatigue

(63) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 2:25 PM

With respect to Charles M. Blow's article in the New York Times, "Don't Mythologize Christopher Dorner," I agree. Dorner is no hero. My condolences go out to the families who lost their loved ones and to those Dorner turned into his quarry. No human being should know the...

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Divorcing the Marine Corps

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 7:55 PM

I made a commitment: I would be faithful, loyal, and heterosexual for six years. I made the decision when I was 16, enlisted when I was 17, and became a Marine at 18. My relationship was with the Marine Corps. My family voiced their disapproval. My mother went back to...

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(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Walk into any grocery store, pharmacy, or Target superstore, and you are inundated with red plush hearts, boxes of chocolate, teddy bears, balloons, and dozens of products molded, rolled, or somehow forced into the shape of a heart. Even Spongebob and Batman have been indoctrinated, each wearing cupid wings or...

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