Immigrant Voices

“I won’t give up until my goals are met. That’s my future.”

I’m from Mexico, from the state of Morelos. I came to Plover when I was 21. All of my family who lives here told me Wisconsin is the best state to live, a place where family is a priority, where nature can be loved. Photo courtesy of Lili Vera They were not wrong, Wisconsin is …

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Lili Vera | Plover, WI

“I just want to keep going and keep learning.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Farren is an alumnus of  Odyssey.  I originally left school to …

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Farren McDonald | Madison, WI

“I see myself as someone who knows both cultures—American and Somali.”

I grew up in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalis have a very close culture, we take care of each other. If someone doesn’t have a car, you take them to work. If someone is not making enough money, we help them with the rent by chipping in. If something tragic happens, like someone becomes sick or gets …

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Mohamud Farah | Barron, WI

“No matter how big the obstacles are in front of you—success is possible.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Marisol Gonzalez is an alumna of Odyssey.  Several years ago, my …

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Marisol Gonzalez | Wisconsin, WI

“I wanted to help marginalized people learn about their rights.”

I grew up in Cusco, Peru, which is an incredible place to grow up. My great-grandfather was the president of Peru and then my dad was the mayor of Cusco. People come to Cusco from all over the world. We grew up entertaining all kinds of people in our house. We always knew that we …

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Gladis Benavides | Madison, WI