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Ness Rodriguez

Whittier College

Studio Art



Ness is a queer second-generation Mexican-American born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Having struggled with chronic illness for most of their life, she has a unique perspective of the disparities of healthcare and education when those in power have little understanding and empathy for others that are different from themselves. She recognizes that she has had the privilege of access to healthcare and education that have allowed her to further herself, and in furthering their education, she takes her communities with her. In spite of, or perhaps as a direct result of, these challenges in education and healthcare, they are currently working in education as an instructional aid and intend to pursue a teaching credential to teach art at the secondary school level.

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