The second part of the film The Graduates (Los Graduados), by Bernardo Ruiz, premieres on PBS tonight (Monday, November 4) at 10 PM (check local listings). This hour focuses on Latino teens who have had to beat the odds — breaking free of the temptations of gangs, homophobia and bullying, and higher education’s prejudice against undocumented status — to get their high school diplomas. After you see the film, come back here to read about what each of the three young men featured in the film are up to now, in these updates provided by the film producers.
Eduardo is entering his third year at San Diego State University. He received a promotion and is now the Director of College Town at Reality Changers, a core program that supports select 8th-11th graders who will become first generation college students.
Social Media info:
Reality Changers on Facebook
Gustavo is beginning his second year of college in New England where he is studying astronomy and Latino studies. He began his own group on campus called the Immigrant Solidarity Network. The group’s focus is to provide immediate relief to undocumented people in the area, including stopping deportations, working to get people out of detention, and running a food drive at the end of the year.
On Facebook: Immigrant Solidarity Network
Juan received a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation to attend Denison University in Ohio. He is living in the dorms and is taking pre-med, Spanish and studio art classes. He is also involved in Denison’s Campus Government Association, Fuerza Latina, the Black Student Union, the school newspaper, and he is starting his own contemporary dance club.
On Facebook: Fuerza Latina @ Denison College