Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Hernandez, Aurora Chaides
DATE OF INTERVIEW: July 10, 1998
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Daniel Sanchez
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 15 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Aurora Hernandez discusses her life in El Paso and Lubbock, Texas. She also discusses her college education and politics.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Aurora Chaides Hernandez
Born: El Paso, Texas (July 23, 1962)
Parents: Father born May 8, 1927
Mother born September 17, 1934
Met in El Paso
Mother (again)
The oldest of 5 girls
Father (again)
Middle of three boys
Mother (again)
Education
Father (again)
Education
Siblings
The fifth of 8 children
Ages range from 27 to 46
Education
Childhood
Moving
Community involvement
Scholastic involvement
Memories of school
Education
Graduated in the to 2% of her high school class
College
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Married Victor Hernandez
Transferred to Texas Tech University
One of her brothers was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis
Education (again)
College (again)
Decided to go to nursing school
Loved nursing school at Texas Tech
Community Service (again)
Lubbock General (presently University Medical
Center, UMC)
Job duties
Worked while attending school
Selected to go to Washington D. C. on a fellowship
(1990-1991)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Senator Lloyd Bentson
American Nurses Association
Lobbyist
Decided to attend law school
Received nursing and human development degree
(1988)
Victor (again)
Law School, Texas Tech University
Opinions
Had first child during first year of law school
Met with assistant dean of the law school about
postponing exams
Victor (again)
Called to Desert Storm
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Aurora Hernandez (again)
Law School, Texas Tech University (again)
Thoughts of administrators
Minority professors
Professor Benson
Had second child in law school
Justice of the Peace
Elected after completing law school
Ran on the Democratic ticket
Differences between El Paso and Lubbock
Discrimination
Example
Cultures
Education
Parental involvement
Aurora Hernandez (again)
Justice of the Peace
Rewarding experience
Judge
Dealing with attorneys
Lubbock politics
Votes follow party lines
Discrimination (again)
Sheriff’s race (1998)
Hispanics in politics
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Hispanics becoming the majority in Texas
Higher education
Lubbock Independent School District
Aurora Hernandez (again)
Community service (again)
[ends after 15 minutes]
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1962-1998
BULK DATES: 1970s-1998