The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - Santa Ana Council #147 recognized Orange Coast College president, Dr. Angelica Suarez, as one of its 2020 Hispanic Women of the Year awardees on Feb. 22.
Dr. Suarez was recognized alongside nine other women of Hispanic descent whose accomplishments and meaningful voluntary contributions to their overall communities make them positive role models for a younger generation of leaders. The cornerstone of the LULAC national and local organization is education, and all proceeds from the awards banquet will go toward continued support of students in need of financial assistance with their post-secondary education costs.
OCC's 11th president is the second woman and the first Latina to hold the position. Dr. Suarez' personal narrative as an immigrant and first-generation college student connects her very directly to the shared experiences of California community college students. Her educational background includes a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University Chicago, a master's degree in counseling psychology from California State University at Long Beach, a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSULB, and an associate's degree from East Los Angeles College.
LULAC advances the economic development, educational advancement, public policy outcomes, housing opportunities, health awareness and general civil rights protection of Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico through community-based programs and services through more than 700 local LULAC councils nationwide.