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Dr. Julia Ramos Grenier recalls her time working as co-director of Education/Instruccion, a civil rights advocacy group based in Hartford, Connecticut. As a young Puerto Rican woman, she speaks about how she met the other co-directors (Boyd Hinds and Ben Dixon, at Westledge School in West Simsbury) and their work on challenging institutional racism and housing discrimination. She also describes obtaining her prior role with anti-poverty programs, earning her PhD in psychology, her work with multicultural consulting at The Travelers insurance company, her time with the Hartford Community Mental Health Center, her studies with Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, and her interactions with other Hispanic community leaders in Hartford.
Grenier, Julia Ramos. Oral history interview on Education/Instruccion, part 1, by Jasmin Agosto for the Cities, Suburbs, and Schools Project at Trinity College, November 14, 2009. Available from Trinity College Digital Repository (http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/cssp/)