Becoming a Doctora (Mayra Gaona)

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Mayra Gaona is a first-generation Mexican American pursuing her doctorate in psychology, with plans of becoming a school psychologist. Follow her on Instagram at @becomingadoctora.

In this episode, Hector and Mayra talk about the stigma against therapy within the Latino community, growing up with immigrant parents and then pursuing a doctoral degree, the trauma many Latino kids experience in school, and the importance of representation in professional careers.

Hector is the editor of MANO. He's also the host of Latinish and Hits from the Brain. A Chicagoan living in Las Vegas, he's a former deputy editor of Latino Rebels, as well as a former managing editor of Gozamos, an art-activism site based in his home town. He has contributed to RedEye, a Tribune-owned daily geared toward millennials. His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker, TIME and other outlets, and his writing was featured in Ricanstruction, a comic book anthology whose proceeds went toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Hector studied history (for some reason) at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where his focus was on ethnic relations in the United States.

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