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met. As a naturally stubborn person, these attitudes and beliefs motivated me even more to be
successful and achieve my goals. Although my goals may have changed-I no longer want to be
a marine biologist-the push to work harder, do better, and change people's minds continues.
One of my best friends from high school is a Latina woman. When her sister went to
college, she was met with similar attitudes and beliefs regarding Latinos. Until that time, the idea
that discrimination would exist for Latinos in higher education had not occurred to me. My close
relationship with my friend and her family led me to look at this issue even further as the years
progressed. An internship in Mexico during my graduate education sealed my bond with the
Latino culture and its people. So while I may not be linked to the Latino culture by birth, I am
linked to the Latino culture by choice. It is this choice, my firm belief in the social mobility
inherent in higher education, and my passion for equality that informed this study.
Participant Relationship with Investigator
To maintain the anonymity of subject participants, I asked each research participant to
choose a pseudonym. The four participants chose their occupation as a pseudonym; therefore, the
research participants are known throughout this study as the Family Doctor, the Nurse, the
Scientist, and the Internist.
The Family Doctor
The first research participant, representing the medical school at the health science center
being studied, was recommended to me by several different people. These people described this
person in general terms, telling me about his life, where he was from, how he had grown up
[what they knew of it], and what a nice person he was. I had never met him prior to his
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