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Sylvia Mendoza

Writer | Editor | Educator | Speaker

Location icon United States

Writing, editing, or teaching, Sylvia Mendoza believes in the power of the written word. Our stories can #empower, #enlighten, #educate and #entertain.

She writes to inspire and be inspired. She covers education, women's issues, health and well-being, Latina influence on American culture, inspiring movers and shakers, activism, diversity, travel, self-help, and more.

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, Access Health News, and Hispanic, among others. Her books include: "The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas (Lives) of Passion, Strength and Success" and "Sonia Sotomayor: A Biography" for young readers.

As president of Mendoza Communications, a writing and editing services company, Sylvia helps authors find their voice, tell their stories, and publish their work. Teaching Journalism and Creative Writing at UC San Diego Extension brings her love of the written word full circle as she witnesses the next generation of inspiring writers.

She is honored to have been selected a "Woman of Distinction" for her work highlighting gender issues, a thought leader in journalism by UC San Diego Extension, and one of “25 Influential Latina Leaders” invited to a private forum with Ms. Mazal Renford, Israeli delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.


Latest: Movers & Shakers

Profiles: Inspirational Movers & Shakers

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Nely Galan, Latina Dynamo

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.’"

Kids Wall Street News
Keeping a Promise

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.

Hispanic Magazine
Luis Valdez, A Trailblazer

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

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Women in Mariachi Music: An Untamed Spirit

“I’ve traveled the world, earned degrees--even from Harvard–but my heart brings me back to this.” ~Mariachi player Dr. Leonor Xochitl Pérez

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
A Voice for the Voiceless

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.


Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Student Leaders Take Flight

U.S. Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program Takes High School Students Under Its Wing & Builds College Leaders

Feature Stories

Hispanic Outlook in Education
A Voice At The Table

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.


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