We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Dr. Julieta Altamirano-Crosby came to the U.S. with limited English and faced incredible hardship by the language barrier. Once she improved her English speaking skills, she became an advocate for others. Altamirano-Crosby now works in both Washington State and Guerrero, Mexico and has a long track record of collaboration and relationship-building in education and government settings. Her work is centered on the belief that a person's identity and growth are closely tied to their understanding of culture and language. Listen to her story on the SPU Voices Podcast.