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OLLU hosts reception to honor alumna and author

OLLU honored alumna Lorena Garza Gonzalez, PhD, with a reception last week to celebrate her new book “Inheritance: Discovering the Richness of Latino Culture and Family.” The book is a collection of short stories that articulate how the “gifts that our families and communities pass on to us lay the foundation for our successes and make us who we are,” (Gonzalez).

Dr. Gonzalez is a leader in the Hispanic community, initiating projects such as “Imagine/Imagínate San Antonio,” a marketing campaign aimed at promoting economic viability through dual language, and the Family Leadership Institute, which is a culturally based leadership program intended to build grassroots community and family leadership. She is currently the director of national Hispanic initiatives for Urban Strategies within the National Alliance for Hispanic Families, where she provides leadership on the organization’s efforts to promote national initiatives that strengthen Hispanic families. She is also a passionate public speaker and spends her time sharing her expertise with others through trainings for educational, government, and corporate entities.

Dr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Sciences and a PhD in Leadership Studies from OLLU. She also earned her Master of Arts in Bicultural Bilingual Studies from University of Texas at San Antonio and completed post-graduate work at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program.