Q: Why did you choose to run for Miss Hispanic OU 2021?
Gonzalez-Vega: I realized how I could potentially have an impact on my community in a positive way. There is so much room for growth within OU and the neighboring communities as far as inclusivity and equity for all. I had a desire to use my voice to shine light on issues that are often cast aside. MMHOU was more than just pretty dresses and a performance on stage. I am actively working to make a change in my community and represent it in other areas on campus.
Q: What did it feel like to earn this title?
Gonzalez-Vega: It was one of the most surreal moments in my entire college career. When I heard my name, I was in awe. All the countless hours poured into preparation were well worth it. I immediately thought of my mom and all the sacrifices she made for me to be standing on that stage. Culture is a such a large portion of my identity, and it was a beautiful feeling to know I not only would represent it on campus, but that I made those who came before me proud.