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Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia |

Diana’s mother always wanted her to study abroad and, with some family already living there, Toronto was the perfect place. She explains how her mother has always inspired her, and taught her to how to be independent and adventurous.  As soon as she arrived in Toronto, Diana felt as if the city adopted her as one of its children – embracing her identity, culture, and history.

Toronto as Home

The University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall is a special place for Diana. This is where she had classes, and it reminds her of why she came here: to get a degree and to make both her mother and her proud.  It is also where she met the boyfriend who is now her husband. She explains how the University of Toronto helped make all of her dreams come true.

Connection with the Past

The alpaca poncho connects Diana with the richness of her country’s history and culture. Holding this also brings back memories of being a child and spending time with her mother. For Diana, the poncho is a symbol of protection, love and identity. Growing up she would often, in the winter, keep warm by wearing alpaca sweaters and ponchos.

“It gives me comfort, and reminds me that one day I will have my mother by my side and take care of her as she did with me.”

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