Dolores Santillan


Dolores Santillan is a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in Chicago. She moved to Cincinnati to attend Mt. St. Joseph, “the mount.” After graduation she accepted a job as a probation officer. Ms. Santillan talks about her memories of growing up in Chicago as a Cubs fan, living with her grandmother, and choosing to join the military.  She reflects about language attitudes towards Spanish as a child, and how it has been such an asset as a professional adult now. Her narrative is compelling, and it provides insight into family life, tradition, identity and going to a university where she was one of the only Latinas on campus.