With the hustle and bustle the first week of school, students fill the busy halls with many faces who are new to the campus looking seemly lost, while there are the returning students who rush to class because they fear being dropped. With students being the school’s top priority, often times the professor’s struggles are overseen when they share just as much anxiety and fears on their first week of school.
Five large, unblemished pieces of paper hung on one side of the room, framing the seated audience. The papers are stark and barren except for a single term written across the tops of each page, a term denoting some demographic of the Latin American community.
When PCC English professor Bryan Gonzalez walks into his office in the C building, he enters the room smiling. For those that do know Gonzalez, he is a very happy and charismatic English Literature professor who always makes people smile. He is first generation born in the U.S.
From being a Tongva Indian tribal ground to Rancho San Pascual, Pasadena has been home to people from a variety of backgrounds. To honor its large Latino community, the city of Pasadena’s annual Latino Heritage Parade and Grand Fiesta returned for the 17th year on Saturday.