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 founder and editor of MANO as well as the host of the LATINISH podcast. A Chicagoan living in Las Vegas, he's also the senior editor of Latino Rebels, part of Futuro Media, as well as a former managing editor of Gozamos, an art-activism site based in his home town. He was a columnist at RedEye, a Tribune-owned daily geared toward millennials. His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker, Good Morning America, TIME, the Washington Post, and other outlets, and his writing was featured in 'Ricanstruction, 'a comic book anthology whose proceeds went toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. He studied history at the University of Illinois-Chicago where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States.

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