After a childhood of farm labor, UC education helps sisters become doctors and lawyers
The Corona Gomez family is a testament to the transformative power of education.
Rafael Corona Villagomez and Liduvina Gomez de Corona crossed the U.S.-Mexican border in 1982 to ensure their future children would have the education they never received. Toiling in the San Joaquin Valley as undocumented farmworkers, they urged their five daughters to get out of the fields they worked in alongside their parents and make better lives for themselves. The daughters listened.
Today the five sisters have all earned college degrees, four of them from UC campuses. One has become an attorney, another is applying to medical school, and a third is in the midst of choosing between medicine and law. They’ve also absorbed their parents’ belief in the importance of helping others — each is working hard in her profession to guarantee equal rights for people often denied a voice.
“It’s about everyone succeeding,” Luz Corona Gomez says, “and reaching back to help the next person.”