College and Career Success Manager
José Lara-López is a writer, scholar, educator, and practitioner. He was born and raised in the Central Valley of California as a proud son of immigrant farmworkers from Sinaloa, México. He transferred from Sacramento City College to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned a B.A. in Gender Studies.
José works to support the educational aspirations of other first-generation students like him and offers them a space to reflect on their own narratives as they venture on their path towards success. At UCLA, he was involved in education access and retention work through organizations and programs such as: Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP), Resilience In your Student Experience (RISE), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA de UCLA), and Hermanos Unidos (HU). He focused his undergraduate experience and research on applying an intersectional and inclusive lens to improve the gap between under resourced communities of color and four-year institutions.
José is committed to supporting first-generation students and a firm believer that folks must claim their own narratives in order to persevere through the obstacles that stand in the educational pipeline.