Dr. Álvaro Huerta. From Tijuana to East Los Angeles to Academia: Life Lessons from a Scholar.” TEDxCPP, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (April 27, 2017)

Lessons for Success in Higher Education and Beyond

As I reflect on my early undergraduate years at UCLA, where I entered as a first-generation math major from the notorious Ramona Gardens public housing project (or Big Hazard projects) in East Los Angeles, I’m still surprised (more like shocked!) that I graduated. While I excelled in mathematics, I wasn’t prepared in reading and writing at the university level. It didn’t help that I prioritized my student activism (e.g., being a MEChista) over my studies.

Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

Dr. Álvaro Huerta is an Associate Professor in Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University.

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