In the Neighborhood - Library Intern Cristina Mitra

Cristina Mitra is a library school student at San Jose State. Earlier this year she did an internship at Excelsior Branch. She employed her Spanish language skills and interest in Filipino materials in doing assessments of our Spanish and Filipino collections. Cristina also developed and taught a computer class on searching the internet in Spanish. When she completes her master's degree in Library Science next year, she would like to work in a public library as a teen or Spanish outreach librarian.

Cristina was born and raised in the Excelsior District. She left San Francisco to attend college on the East Coast. When she told people she grew up in the Excelsior, she heard over and over again "where's that?" It made her start thinking about what being from this neighborhood meant to her.

After graduation, Cristina returned to SF. She was selected to participate in a film production class offered to queer women of color to teach them how to make their own films. Cristina took the opportunity to go out into the neighborhood and find out how other people felt about the Excelsior. Her film, Off the Map, is the result.

Good luck Cristina wherever your journey takes you!

In the Neighborhood features information about people and places in the Excelsior neighborhood that you may already know and love, or that might be new to you. Watch this space!

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