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    Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Photo Source from Duke Office of Institutional Equity

    The UHP prides and embraces the celebration of diversity. In light of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to highlight notable nursing leaders who have blazed the trail for minority nurses and aspiring nurses across the country!

    Sylvia Mendez was born in 1936 in Santa Ana, California. Both her parents, Gonzalo Mendez and Felicitas Gómez Martínez de Mendez were agriculturist and activists. At the time of her childhood, much of the Southern California social life remained segregated. Sylvia’s civil rights advocacy began when she entered Westminister School District in Orange County. When Sylvia’s cousin's lighter skin complexion and French last name permitted entry into an all-white school campus as she was denied admission, Sylvia’s parents hired legal representation to file a class action suit against the county. 

    The case is now famously known as Mendez v. Westminster, which is the first lawsuit in U.S History to rule on desegregation that forged the work for the renown, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Owing to the efforts of Sylvia’s parents, Mendez v. Westminister led to the end of the Orange County schools segregation efforts of ethnic minority children.

    As she continued her education, Sylvia earned her Associate of Arts degree in Nursing through the Orange Coast Community College and earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Certificate in Public Health from California State University at Los Angeles. She worked as a pediatric nurse for 33 years at Los Angeles University of Southern California Medical Center and an Assistant Nursing Director of the Pediatric Pavilion. 

    After her retirement, Sylvia Mendez continues to work as a passionate advocate for racial disparities and education equality. Her campaign to bring attention to education inequality has led her to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She truly is an inspiration to minority students pursuing their education in hopes of achieving their goals, no matter how far-reaching they may appear at the present time. 

    “No matter your race or background, anything is possible.” – Sylvia Méndez



    Aponte, R. (2022, October 15). Sylvia Mendez. Medium. 

    Hanigan , I. (2023, August 21). Former students from segregated campus reunite nearly 80 years later to reflect on legacy of Mendez v. Westminster. OCDE Newsroom.

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