Nancy Valdivia-Ochoa - Estrella
Nancy Valdivia Ochoa has been a part of MANA for 4 years. She first started with a six month internship as a part of a course requirement while in community college and has been involved ever since. She said that once many passionate and caring women surrounded her she was driven to challenge herself to get involved and make a difference in a young girl’s life. Nancy is currently in her second year of the Hermanitas Leadership team working with 11th and 12th graders as a part of the college component and on her third year as a mentor to her Hermanita, Ainhoa.
Nancy is a Legal Assistant at the Law Office of Bender and Gritz. She is also a student at SDSU and on her last semester in the Chicana/ Chicano Studies department and will be graduating this Friday, May 11th with her Bachelor of Arts. Nancy has been making strides in her academic and professional life, and this has shown through with her work with Hermanitas. When asked what her proudest accomplishment at MANA was she replied that personally being able to participate and be involved in Hermanitas is an accomplishment on its own. She continued to say that many people claim that they have no time to devote to outside organizations but being able to give back is worth the satisfaction. With working, being a full time student, and being a part of a committee can be struggle for most. Nancy has learned that having your priorities in order will make all the difference, and she encourages everyone to do the same and to get involved.
What inspires Nancy to continue her work is how being a part of the Hermanitas program for the past three years has revealed how much representation matters in the Latina community. Hermanitas are exposed to various careers and workshops where they meet women that have experienced similar life situations. By being exposed to the narratives, it makes it much more realistic that they can overcome and succeed in whatever career they decide to pursue.
Nancy has gone above and beyond in her academic life as well. She has been awarded the “Outstanding Graduating Student” for the Chicano Studies Department. We are proud of her and cannot wait to see what she accomplishes next. Nancy is a MANA Estrella!