Collaborating on the Nuestras Historias Project impacted how I understand my own story as a second-generation Mexican-American. I live in the borderlands (Anzaldúa 1987) and sorting through the stories about my cultural experiences gave me a renewed sense of self. Leafing through a small infinity of Chicano and Latino history that is the CLRC archive helped me to understand who I am, where I come from, and how neither of those qualities are substantive indicators of personhood nor citizenship. My experience on this project has also impacted how I view rhetoric about women. Women are not just mothers, daughters, or sisters; women are people first. The stories of the women who were involved in the movement to establish the CLRC and the Latin American and Latino Studies Department continually inspire me to do better.
Now that the Nuestras Historias Project draws to a close, it is my hope that the impact and legacy of the CLRC continue to grow and be preserved for generations to come.