School board member sees himself as 'cultural broker'


November 15, 2020

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — As a "Mexican citizen by birth" and a "U.S. citizen by choice," Carlos Barcenas said he believes in serving his community.

Since 2013, Barcenas has served on the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education. He said that while some of his fellow board members serve by testifying before the Legislature on various educational issues, he is able to use his "assets and gifts" as a bilingual board member to serve the entire Grand Island community, including the Latino population.

Barcenas said he sees his role as a bridge of communication and as a cultural broker.


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