Ayleen P. ’25 is a dedicated student, a member of the Associated Student Body (ASB), and part of Carondelet’s Latinas Unidas club. Her story begins with her mother, who immigrated to the country at the age of 14, and her dad, a first-generation American citizen. Recently receiving her U.S. citizenship, Ayleen’s mother continues to guide her family to live in their Mexican heritage.
In Latinas Unidas, Ayleen is able to proudly represent her heritage. “It is a club where all Latinas can unite and help change the school…” Navigating her identity and heritage hasn’t been without its challenges. Instead of retaliating negatively, she has strived to excel academically and prove that stereotypes have no place in our diverse society.
Being part of Carondelet’s community has played a significant role in Ayleen’s journey. “[The diverse community at Carondelet] helps me stand out and represent my community and heritage. It has also allowed me to become even more proud of where I am from.”
Ayleen’s Hispanic heritage also influences her aspirations for the future. “It helps me strive for higher goals. I have better opportunities that I want to take advantage of, since my mother didn’t have them.”
For students who are also exploring their Hispanic heritage at Carondelet, Ayleen offers this piece of advice, “I always try my best to include my culture in school assignments… Be proud of your heritage and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t show it off. Embrace where you come from!”
For anyone who would like to learn more about Latinas Unidas, “your help can impact not only the school, but other students as well.” If you’re interested in joining Latinas Unidas, email the Club Moderators, Alexis Bustamante or Stephanie Gutierrez.