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Priscila Coronado, the first Mexican to be director of the Harvard Law Review

Priscila Coronado, daughter of Mexican immigrants, has changed the 135-year history of a prestigious Harvard University publication. The Hispanic woman was appointed to the position held by President Obama and other members of the US Supreme Court of Justice.

LOS ANGELES, California .- Priscila Coronado, daughter of Mexican immigrants, residents of California, was named president of the Law Review, the specialized publication of the Law School at Harvard University. This fact marks the history of the 135 years of the prestigious publication.

Coronado, 24, grew up in Downey, California and from a very young age has worked to demonstrate the value of her roots. Her achievements are now celebrated by the entire Southern California community that saw her grow up and strive to show pride in being Latina.

The publication of Law Review is a legal magazine that recruits the best students from US law schools and now the young Latina student will be the leader of the team.

Coronado will now hold the post that was also held by former President Barack Obama and three members of the US Supreme Court. A key reference of the level of students who work in publishing that projects them to an ambitious professional future.

Breaking barriers

“It is an honor to be part of this history,” said the young Hispanic, during an exclusive interview with Univision. Expressing her excitement and expectations for the new challenge, but at the same time, she feels safe because of the support of her family, friends, and her entire Hispanic community.

Coronado is the first in her family to graduate and is now studying at Harvard University. The Hispanic is grateful for the example and support of her family which, according to her, has led her to achieve many achievements at such a young age.

Although the new president of the prestigious publication has many challenges ahead and much to learn in this new opportunity, she is sure that she will continue to support the efforts for the inclusion of minorities in the institution that she now represents.

How does it feel to have been elected president of the Harvard Law Review?

—It is an honor that my colleagues have entrusted me with this institution. I do not take this role lightly. It also means a lot to be part of a historical moment. I see that my status as the first Latina means two things. On the one hand, I don’t want to downplay the achievement or the tangible way that growing up in a working class home of two Mexican immigrants has shaped my perspective on the law. They are fundamental to the editorial perspective that I bring.

On the other hand, I really don’t want my status as the first Latina president to morph into some sort of “model minority” narrative. I believe with every ounce of my soul that there are countless other Latinas who are just as incisive in their logic and reasoning, but who will never get an opportunity like this because of something as out of their control as where they were born.

When asked about what she likes to do in her free time, Priscila Coronado pointed out that she likes to spend time with her family, especially her seven nieces and nephews. She is also a fan of reality shows.

California pride

Currently, the young woman lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, far from her native California. However, the support and congratulatory messages from Southern California leaders have not stopped.

“He has broken down so many barriers and made us all proud. Congratulations, Priscila!” reads the message that the Los Angeles County Supervisor, Janice Hahn, published on all her social networks, announcing the achievement of the young woman of Hispanic origin.

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