My name is Angélica Franganillo-Diaz. I am a Political Science graduate from Florida International University. Before moving to Miami, Florida I studied at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez campus. I am currently doing my master’s in Journalism and a certificate in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but enriched by Cuban culture. My grandparents immigrated from Cuba in the 1970s to Puerto Rico. Place where they had my mom and my uncle. My mother met my dad in one of her trips to Cuba with my grandmother. They fell in love, moved to Puerto Rico together, and had me and my sister, Alejandra. Majority of my family still lives in Cuba.
My interest for Latin America arose mainly from my attachment towards Cuba. Growing up listening to stories about the ruthless Fidel Castro and his communist regime that led thousands of brave migrants, like my family, to risk their lives in search, for what I believe to be the most valuable facet of our humanity–Freedom.