Regent José Hernandez tells youth to ‘dream big’
Former astronaut and recently appointed UC Regent José Hernandez told more than 1,200 youth to “dream big” at the 20th Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference and Celebration at UC Davis on May 14.
One of four children in a migrant farming family who settled in the Stockton area, Hernandez earned two university degrees and achieved his childhood dream to become an astronaut. He served as a mission specialist on a Discovery shuttle mission to the International Space Station in 2009.
Members of the audience listened with rapt attention as Hernandez shared his father’s recipe for success, including defining your purpose in life, recognizing how far off the goal is, creating a roadmap, pursuing education and working hard.