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HWC Adds New Colleague - Natashia Lopez-Gomez

We are pleased to welcome a talented colleague to our Homework Central team.

Natashia Lopez-Gomez joined Homework Central this week as our new Volunteer Coordinator.  Natashia teaches Chicano/Latino Studies, Social Justice Poetry, and Documentary Film courses at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.  She completed her graduate work at Harvard University in 1994, earning her M.Ed. in Risk and Prevention Education. She obtained her B.A. in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. She is the first in her family to graduate from college.

Natashia was raised in Portland, Oregon.  Her mother, a single parent and an immigrant from Mexico, was a political activist.  Natashia has fond memories of attending demonstrations, potlucks, and conferences where she learned from organizations such as the ACLU, the Tenants Union, and The American Friends Service Committee.   Hearing keynote addresses from people such as Noam Chomsky and Rigoberta Menchú, inspired Natashia’s early activism.

Today, Natashia continues to serve her community through teaching and community service. She has worked at various government and community agencies including: The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, The Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, The San Francisco Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and as a Community Health Advocate. She served on the board of Samaritan House and is a volunteer parent mentor for Community Gatepath.  She has organized Latino Leadership Conferences for NDNU students and teaches several community based learning courses.  In 2009, the Women of Color in Action Network honored Natashia as an outstanding mentor.  

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