FPD Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Spanish
Verónica Álvarez was born in East Los Angeles and raised in California. As a First-Generation College student, she attended a local Community College, then transferred to the University of California system, and earned her BA in Spanish. During her undergraduate work, she earned the Tomás Rivera Scholar Award for scholastic achievement from the Senate of California. Additionally, she studied abroad in Cuba with the University of California, Davis at the renowned Casa de las Américas Institute.
After graduating with a Master’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American Literature, she began teaching at the Community College level in the LA, OC and IE counties. While teaching at the Coast Community College District, she was a highly involved committee member in the Chicano Latino College Day Conference. At the conference, Latino High School students are inspired to encourage completion and retention in Higher Education. Additionally, while at the Coast Community College District, she was also Club Advisor of the Dreamer’s Club Mi Casa. The club was awarded Club of the Year and earned her a nomination as Advisor of the Year during her tenure.
Furthermore, while at the Mount San Antonio College District, she won the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the Faculty Association for her work and commitment college-wide. Additionally, Ms. Álvarez won the Outstanding Adjunct of the Year by the Academic Senate, for her excellence and dedication to the campus, her department and for her excellence in teaching.
Verónica’s teaching philosophy is an inclusive, holistic, student-centered, approach, designed to be innovative and supportive. She believes in creating an academic environment to inspire well-rounded students in the study of language and culture and prepare them with skills to succeed in the global community.