Edgar Hernandez

Class of 2019

I was born and raised in the Pico-Union Neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. I am the son of two undocumented immigrants who came to the United States for a better life. As a child, I witnessed the lives of youth and of my community go to waste due to violence, addiction, and poverty. Growing up, I was a hopeless child, until the day I witnessed the murder of a 16-year-old. That pushed me to break societal norms. I now hold a Master’s of Arts in Applied Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. I am an Applied Anthropologist who has been part of multiple longitudinal studies ranging from childcare providers to gang members. I am a tireless advocate for students in the Pico-Union Neighborhood and the chair of the Youth Committee for the Pico-Union Neighborhood Council. Currently, I am working as a substance abuse counselor with the homeless and incarcerated population of Los Angeles County.