Sylvia Mendez

Sylvia Mendez has been an education activist ever since she was a child. Her parents wanted to enroll her into an all-White school, but she was told she needed to go to the all-Mexican school. Her parents refused and sued the school, and it was Mendez’s testimony that really helped them win. It wasn’t until her mother was dying that she was inspired to tell the story of her father and to dedicate her time to education activism. She says more history, art and music are needed in schools, and parents need to play their part, too. The number one thing that the parents have to do is apoyarlos,” she told us. “Encourage them to stay in school and let them know that’s how they’re going to be successful in life.”

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.