The Bus Driver Experience
Lizbeth Cruz De La Santana - Bus Driver Experience - Episode 40
Lizbeth De La Cruz is a first generation latinx student from Los Angeles, California. Inspired by her teachers in elementary school, from an early age, she discovered her passion for learning and teaching. These experiences and others brought Lizbeth's interests and the community together enabled a strong foundation which has shaped her activism and public service through engaged digital scholarship.
Currently, Lizbeth is a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California Davis working towards a Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis on Human Rights. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Fresno State.
Her academic scholarship emphasizes a Publicly Engaged Digital Humanities approach through fieldwork in the U.S.-Mexico Border. Her role as a facilitator for the DACAmented: DREAMS without Borders and Humanizing Deportation, Digital Storytelling projects provide the platform for undocumented immigrants and deportees to participate as knowledge creators. Lizbeth is currently co-developing Migri Map, a humanitarian aid resource for migrants in Tijuana.
I met Lizbeth last year while I was on assignment for AJ+. I was covering the Playas de Tijuana Mural Project in Tijuana.
Watch that video here
While covering her story I was moved not only by her work but the many individuals I spoke with. Many of them have been negatively effected by the immigration policy between the United States and Mexico. Lizbeth and I jump right into supreme court rulings that recently took place, ICE and childhood detainees on our southern border.
Please check out Lizbeths work below and be sure to check out some of her amazing programs on her site and how you can help.
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