Isa began her community college experience crying in the advising office, wondering where her life was going to go. She ended her community college experience crying at graduation after she had won the $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship. It was the people she met in between who changed her life.
Isa realized that too many community college, first generation, and low-income college students drop out of college because they don’t have people in their life who believe in them. She realized that if she could teach students how to reach out to the college community that surrounds them – the college community that helped her reach her dreams – they too would be able to overcome the immense barriers they face in order to complete college and reach their dreams.
Her groundbreaking book Community College Success was published by NorLights Press in March of 2012 and is used in colleges across the country. She has become a national spokesperson for low-income students, and was recently named by GOOD Magazine one of the Top 100 People Moving the World Forward.
Isa is the first in her family to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree and has her Masters of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
After spending a few years working at a community college, Isa is a full-time speaker, author, host, and consultant, advocating for students across the country to help bridge the opportunity divide and give more students the chance to break the cycles of poverty through education. Isa also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida College System Foundation.
Isa shares advice with students across the country on her blog and YouTube channel, and founded the #SoCanU Project to help students around the world share their college success stories. She is also the host of TCC22’s college success television show The SKiNNY on College Success.