Lily Gonzalez

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Student, California State University

Los Angeles, California

Lily Gonzalez is a Homeboy Industries graduate and full-time student at California State University, Northridge.

She lives in South Los Angeles with her two children where she strives to make her father’s dream of a family of college graduates come true and show her children that anything can be done with hard work, determination and perseverance in the face of unimaginable challenges.

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Posted Oct. 13, 2015

Latino School Leaders Changed My Life

My father and I lived in South Central Los Angeles, where instead of white picket fences, we had bars on…

By Lily Gonzalez

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Posted July 28, 2015

My Immigrant Father’s Dream: A College Education

At the age of five I had my very own encyclopedia. I couldn’t pronounce the word much less know what…

By Lily Gonzalez

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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