My name is Hugo Cervantes, recipient of the Black Skeptics Los Angeles’s ‘First in the Family Humanist Scholarship’ in 2013. I graduated from the University of California Riverside, class of 2018, where I double majored in English and Art History. This fall I begin as a graduate student at USC’s curatorial studies program, where I plan to receive my MA and then later on pursue a Ph.D. The First in the Family scholarship was crucial not only in supporting my first year of college but also affirming my sense of self and confidence as a student. Being seen and affirmed by people who look like me, lived in my neighborhood, who are undocumented — Black, brown, and queer widened my sense of history, of knowing people who are making a space for me I am indebted to people who made space for them. Black Skeptics Los Angeles provided an example of this principle to me as an ambitious and impressionable high schooler and has stayed with me throughout college, and into my young adulthood. Currently, I am a part of the curatorial collective at Human Resources-Los Angeles gallery, and a writer with bylines in Remezcla and The Getty blog.