This essay shares my own personal story of how—as a first-generation Latina academic—working with Ofelia García transformed my sense of self and trajectory as a scholar working with issues of language, identity, and education. Weaving personal anecdotes throughout, I trace the evolution of my thinking and research with a focus on the concepts of heteroglossic language ideologies, dynamic bilingualism, and translanguaging. I conclude the essay by reflecting on the importance and implications of first-generation Latina academics receiving mentorship from senior Latina scholars.
"Reflections on Language and Identity: Ofelia García's Impact on one Latina's Academic Trajectory and Scholarship,"
Journal of Multilingual Education Research: Vol. 9
, Article 3.
Available at: https://fordham.bepress.com/jmer/vol9/iss1/3