Award-winning journalist Sylvia Mendoza absolutely believes in the power of the written word—and that every person has a story to tell. Armed with an M.A. in Digital Journalism, a B.A. in Print Journalism and certification in Women’s Studies and Copyediting, she writes to inspire and be inspired.
Her articles have appeared in Hispanic Outlook, Baja Traveler, Uptown, OurCity San Diego, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Decor & Style, Kids' Wall Street News and Hispanic, among others. Her "The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas (Lives) of Passion, Strength and Success" was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers Association, and won 1st place in the International Latino Book Awards “Best Women’s Issues” category in 2014.
Sylvia also teaches Media Studies & Journalism at San Diego colleges, and runs Mendoza Communications Writing & Editing Services. She is honored to have been selected a "Woman of Distinction" for her work highlighting gender issues and as a thought leader in journalism by UC San Diego Extension.
"We will become revenue-driving, intelligence-based, higher purpose-driven Latinas making a mark on corporate America.”
2015 2nd Place Excellence in Journalism Award--Magazine/ Profile. “I was the only Latina entrepreneur and I had to get over the feeling of being ‘less than.’"
Arjona is comfortable in his skin, with his integrity, social conscience and purpose. “I continued to do what I was meant to do.”
"When you think of hell as a biblical place, where your pain doesn't end, that was it." ~Ingrid Betancourt
"I'm proud to say that even though I'm Italian, I feel Latina." ~Laura Pausini
The students were 6 when a stranger walked into their classroom and promised she would pay for them to attend the college of their choice if they stayed in school and graduated.
About Teatro Campesino: "In some instances we got jailed, in some instances we got our asses kicked, but we did tour across the country." ~Luis Valdez
“I’ve traveled the world, earned degrees--even from Harvard–but my heart brings me back to this.” ~Mariachi player Dr. Leonor Xochitl Pérez
Decomposed bodies and broken bones lay in the desert. Playwright Josefina López broke down, unable to bear the thought that even in death, people were dehumanized and vilified.
"Teachers have the biggest hearts because they have the opportunity to love so many students. We need to let them teach the whole child. This is what it means to teach.”
2016--1st Place Excellence in Journalism Magazine Award, San Diego Press Club!
2015 2nd Place Excellence in Journalism Award--Magazine Writing/Education
U.S. Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program Takes High School Students Under Its Wing & Builds College Leaders
In 1850, Jose Angel Navarro graduated as the first Latino alumnus of Harvard Law School. According to historian Dr. Daniel Coquillette, author of "On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century," Navarro returned to San Antonio after graduation and advocated for the downtrodden and exploited in Texas.
2015 1st Place Excellence in Journalism Award--Magazine Writing/Multicultural
2015 2nd Place Excellence in Journalism Award--Magazine Writing/Opinion