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…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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