Yolanda O. Torres


As Interviewed by Elisabeth Torres-Schulte, March 26, 2014
"They understood that I was one of the top students and that I was very involved in school, but they still said, ‘You know, the local junior college is a good place for you to go.’"
Yolanda O. Torres

Introductory Profile: About Yolanda O. Torres

My mother, Yolanda Ortiz Torres, was born on April 1, 1957 in Galveston, Texas, to Petra Ortiz Torres and Frank Torres. She was two older half-brothers, one who is five years older and one who is ten years older. The eldest is now deceased. Her father was born in Texas in 1921 and worked as a longshoreman. Her mother was born in Mexico in 1927 and worked as a maid in the U.S.

My mother went to undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin and attended law school at the University of Michigan at Ann Auburn. She made a career for herself in teaching. Her work in the law includes an internship with a law firm in New Mexico and working for the improvement of the treatment of migrant worker in Colorado. During the interview we discussed what it was like growing up a Mexican-American, including the school system, the idea of going to college, attending law school, and having parents who were migrant workers.