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Sylvia Mendoza

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location icon United States

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.


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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