Photo by Daniel Alexander/The Global Switchboard -- Angélica Ocampo and her 16-year-old daughter, Ayelen, now a sophomore at the Oakland Catholic High School.

It will be later that she would see veiled signs of how foreign to diversity Pittsburgh was. It will be later that Angélica will hear someone suggest to her that she may want to take accent reduction classes. “I thought it was a joke. I didn’t know what to say.”

But challenges do not have a paralyzing effect on her. In fact, they are a driving force.

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