Belkis Shoelhans is of German and Dominican descent and grew up in Mt. Vernon, OH. In this interview, she tells of her experiences here and the prejudice that she confronted during her childhood. However, she uses these experiences to help other people that are often left at the margins of society. She is very proud of her Latina roots, the language and culture she grew up to know well because of her many visits to the Dominican Republic throughout her life.