Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong in school? Perhaps it’s because of your educational background, your culture, linguistic heritage, or anything else that makes you “different.” As a first-generation Latina, and former ESL student who moved to the US during her last year of high school and, I often struggled and felt like I did not belong in an academic setting. As a student, I always needed to work full-time, and I have also dealt with learning challenges presented by having ADHD. In my presentation, I will share strategies that have helped me succeed academically and professionally while still staying engaged and passionate about my work.

Laura is a Highline alumna and English composition instructor. She holds a master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) and has taught English in Colombia, Italy, Turkey and China. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on supporting first-generation, low-income, and students of color graduate from college. Aside from teaching and working on her doctorate, Laura is passionate about photography, storytelling, and cooking.

Location: Building 3, Room 102