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Not Quite Latina

by Jessi Davison

Jessi Davison

Not quite Latina
But sure got the butt
Part of the family
But not quite in touch
Loud and boisterous
But doesn’t know the language
Knows how to salsa
But can’t always keep a beat
Loves all the food
But doesn’t know what to eat
The youngest of them all
But not actually part
The favorite of the family
But not actually blood
Not born into it
But accepted as one
Apart of this Hispanic family
I have become

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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