For Norma Romero, director of LMU School of Education Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science;, earning her doctorate was a long-time dream and “a life-changing experience.”
“From first-generation, low-income kid from East Los Angeles, to Dr. Romero, still feels surreal. I am grateful for the friendship and support of my cohort members, the guidance of my dissertation chair, Dr. Stephenson, and the unwavering support of my Upward Bound family. To be a social justice warrior and an example of a “life-long learner” to my students, means everything! ”
Norma’s students include 118 Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science participants. A full 100 percent of the Class of 2020 are beginning college this semester, 94 percent of whom will attend four-year universities, including LMU.
Following a “historic” six-week, fully online summer program, UB/UBMS is gearing up for the fall semester’s remote services, as services such as academic advising, tutoring, assistance with the college application process, and enrichment activities, are offered year-round. The federally funded LMU UB and UBMS projects serve Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet students from low-income families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree.