Medrano, Bernadette

Former Executive Director of the Santa Ana Education Foundation





An oral history of Bernadette Medrano, activist and advocate for the advancement of Latino/Latina educational programs. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding her experience participating, organizing, and creating programs for young Latinos. Specifically, this interview provides information on Bernadette’s challenging childhood growing up without her mother; she explains the difficult times she had understanding her identity; she discusses how her green eyes and fair skin prevented others to see her and accept her as a Chicana; she explains overcoming her addiction to alcohol and how she became sober in 1994; she discusses her quest for finding her voice and her mission to help others do the same; she describes how after having a successful corporate career in Hyundai she took a year off to think about her purpose in life; she explains her role as advisor for the “Creating A Path to Success” (CAPS) program for the California State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; she details how CAPS provide young students with leadership skills and tools to be successful; she discusses how new women organizations are more inclusive than the women organizations from her generation; she describes her husband’s support in her life and her career; she encourages young women to be fearless.


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Description> Bernedette Medrano, 2016.
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Description> Bernedette Medrano with interviewer, Scherly Virgill, 2016.