Actress, Orange is the New Black & Jane the Virgin
Diane Guerrero is a Boston native and has, from an early age, had an affinity for the arts. She attended the Boston Arts Academy where she studied vocal music. As a teenager, Guerrero suffered through a forced separation from her family as she watched her loved ones be deported. She shares the incredible story of how she was able to remain in the US, continue her education and build a successful career. After the departure of her family, Guerrero never lost focus and continued to work hard to build a better life for herself. She graduated from a US high school to then she received a degree in political science and communication. However, she quickly realized her passion lay in performance art, at which point she moved to New York to pursue her dreams. Read More >
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Unity in the Divided Nation
"Diane was amazing! We had 600 people in the audience, high school students from the region, college students, people from Chicago! She talked and read from a presentation, but then sat down and had a conversation with the audience. Individuals, including a 14-year old Latina high school student, courageously acknowledged her pain, depression, anxiety, and the whole event became a counseling session. She addressed this collective and individual pain in very nurturing ways. The reception afterward was a lot of fun and our majors had the opportunity to talk to her one on one! Amazing event and thanks for all the work you did on our behalf!"
"It was a huge success. The students were star struck and very impressed with how relatable she was. There were some huge emotions in the room due to the elections, however she was able to break through and connect with the audience. Loved having her!"
"She was very impactful. Tears were shed. Many students were so thankful that we stepped out of our comfort zone and didn't just plan a party but planned an event with such purpose. She was amazing with the students - no one was left without a selfie or a chance to chat with her. She really took the time to chat with students who had been so moved by her. She is much much more than 'someone from OITNB and Jane the Virgin'!"
"It was wonderful. Diane delivered a heartfelt and important talk about her personal experience and immigration reform. As you probably know, she was extremely generous with her time. We had a long line, I’d estimate around 200, students who stayed for pictures and autographs. Diane insisted on meeting everyone and took all the pictures and signed all the autographs. Thank you for another wonderful event."