Meet Dr. Vanessa Marie Bustamante, an inspiring trailblazing scholar, and advocate for change. Hailing from the vibrant San Fernando Valley, CA, she proudly identifies as a first-generation, bilingual, queer Xicana with a deep commitment to community involvement. Affectionately known as the Homegirl Doctora, she enthralls audiences as a motivational speaker, trainer, and workshop presenter, covering themes of motivation, cultural empowerment, and identity development. Dr. Bustamante’s expertise is grounded in her lived experiences, extensive research, and devoted work with students across institutions. Passionate about social justice and empowering marginalized communities, she practices identity self-preservation, activism, and advocacy as a higher education practitioner, guiding students in their pursuit of higher education. Join us on this journey to explore the remarkable achievements and inspiring path of Dr. Vanessa Marie Bustamante.
Dr. Vanessa Bustamante from Homegirl Doctora- Questions:
- Can you share more about your journey as a first-generation, bilingual, queer Xicana sCHOLAr and how it has influenced your passion for community involvement and advocacy?
- You are known as the Homegirl Doctora and have experience as a motivational speaker, trainer, and workshop presenter. Could you elaborate on the topics you cover in your presentations, such as motivation, persistence, identity development, and cultural validity?
- Your work as a higher education practitioner focuses on social justice, inclusion, advocacy, and identity development. How do you incorporate these principles into your daily practice and how do you encourage and assist students in pursuing a higher education?
- As a founding sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Delta Omega chapter and an active member of MEChA, could you share how your involvement in these organizations has shaped your understanding of student involvement and organizations created by/for students of color? Additionally, what have been some of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had as an advisor to students?
- In your research on student involvement and organizations created by/for students of color, what key findings or insights have you discovered? How do these findings inform your approach to supporting and empowering underrepresented students?
- As the Vice Chair of El Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida, can you discuss the organization’s mission and your role in advancing its goals? How does your involvement in this organization align with your broader commitment to social justice and advocacy?
- You have received various recognitions and awards for your work as an advisor to students, including the “2020 Madrina Award” and the “2018 Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Professional Award.” Can you share some specific examples of how you have made a positive impact on students’ lives and helped them navigate challenges in their educational journey?
We hope you enjoyed today’s episode with Vanessa Bustamante and our host Jean Paul Anderson. We were grateful to have Vanessa Bustamante in our studios for an interview and to learn more about the work and dedication of pursuing medicine and helping the community. Thank you Vanessa Bustamante for joining D4A Media for this up and personal interview!
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