Rafael Lopez, alumni (Oakes '05, women's studies)

A few years ago, as Rafael López, then a White House senior policy adviser, addressed an early-education and high-tech crowd in Silicon Valley, he realized the land on which he stood was where his mother and grandfather had once picked fruits and vegetables as farmworkers.

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor, George Blumenthal, shares his first-generation story. Read his first-gen profile.

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