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September 15 to October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and honor the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino/a/x communities. Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) is proud to show our support and empower Latinx patients, staff, volunteers, and supporters in improving sexual and reproductive healthcare and education in Latinx communities.

As part of our celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, we are delighted to introduce you to Daneli Galan, a talented Applications Analyst in PPOSBC's Information Technology department. Daneli joined PPOSBC in 2020, during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, and played a vital role in effortlessly migrating our administrative functions from an in-person setting to a remote work environment.

Daneli’s expertise, professionalism, and dedication to continuous learning have been evident throughout her career at PPOSBC. She began as an IT coordinator and quickly progressed through several positions including Helpdesk Analyst,  Lead Helpdesk Analyst, and now Applications Analyst.

Daneli’s interest in computer science began at a young age during the Myspace era, where she enjoyed coding and manipulating HTML and CSS code to create aesthetically pleasing Myspace page. This experience sparked her passion for the IT field and set her on her career path. 

However, it was becoming a mother at a young age that truly inspired Daneli to pursue a career in IT. After taking a break from education to spend time with her daughter, she enrolled in community college and eventually transferred to Cal State Poly Pomona, where she earned her degree in Computer Information Systems. Daneli understands the importance of continuous learning in the ever-evolving IT field and encourages others to enroll in courses and expand their skill sets to stay updated with new technologies.

As a first-generation Latina graduate, Daneli chose to work at PPOSBC because she believes in advocating for women’s rights and contributing to the betterment of individuals and the community. She has witnessed firsthand how PPOSBC positively impacts communities, not just locally.

Throughout my career at PPOSBC I have seen how we help our communities not only in the cities we serve but in other states. Especially during the overturn of Roe v. Wade. I am proud to be working for an amazing organization!

Daneli’s daughter and parents serve as her greatest inspirations.  They instilled in her the value of hard work and determination, as her parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States, working tirelessly to provide a better life for their children. Daneli strives to make her family proud and honor their sacrifice. 

Heritage is significant to Daneli, shaping her values and instilling the importance of family, faith, and quality time with loved ones. Growing up in a Catholic household, she recalls Sundays spent gathering at her grandmother’s house after attending church with her extended family. Daneli and her family also keep traditions alive by making tamales together every year before Christmas, a cherished tradition that her daughter looks forward to and truly enjoys.

Every year, a week before Christmas we get together to make tamales. This is important because my daughter loves this time of year and looks forward to making tamales with [her parents], both of her grandmas, and great grandma.

The Latinx community is incredibly diverse, representing a wide range of backgrounds, countries, and cultures. However, there’s one common thread connecting this community – a deep appreciation for family, friends, and sense of community, as well as a shared sense of pride and resilience. At Planned Parenthood in solidarity with Latinx individuals, celebrating their heritage, accomplishments, health, and future.

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