Latina Student Stories Prove Culture Plus Opportunity Equals Academic Achievement in Book by Dr. Lily Espinoza

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These 9 stories of personal transformation illustrate the power of friendship, mentors, family, resilience, and culture in student success from community college to the top universities in the world.

Dr. Lily Espinoza, Napa Valley, CA

Dr. Lily Espinoza

This book provides hope for high school and community college students as well as a call to action for educational leaders in all sectors of higher education.

Lily Espinoza (Ploski), Ed.D. announces her book about breaking barriers, "Not Getting Stuck: Success stories of being Latina and transferring from a California community college." There are nine heart-warming student stories about beating the odds and transferring to the top universities in the world.

Everybody wants to help students reach their dreams! Unfortunately, the dream of college for underrepresented students and students of color can be full of missteps and pitfalls. This book provides some much needed help! Dr. Espinoza surmises, “This book provides hope for high school and community college students as well as a call to action for educational leaders in all sectors of higher education.”

In "Not Getting Stuck: Success stories of being Latina and transferring from a California community college," Latina students use their own words to pinpoint the factors that led to their success. Nine unique first-person accounts depict the heartaches, surprises, hopes, and worries as the students decide whether or not to pursue higher education. Should they go to college? Is college for them? Are they smart enough? Should they apply to their dream school? These student stories highlight the importance of perseverance, self-determination, and the most influential factor of all, social connection!

To contact the author for more information or to book speaking engagements, email lilyespinoza2002(at)yahoo.com or 707-410-8434. The book is published through Alive Publishing, distributed through Ingram Content Group. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Dr. Lily E. Espinoza (Ploski) is currently working as an instructor. She teaches Bound for Success and Financial Literacy in the Upward Bound program at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Lily graduated from Fullerton High School in Fullerton, California. Dr. Espinoza holds an A.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Diablo Valley College, B.A. degree in Women’s Studies from U.C. Berkeley, M.A. degree in Student Personnel Administration from Columbia University, and an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. Lily also completed graduate work in teacher education at the University of Southern California. Lastly, Dr. Espinoza is completing a second master’s degree in Holistic Health Education from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA in June 2019.

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