Lilia Alvarez

Class of 2010

Lilia earned her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a law degree at Phoenix School of Law. Lilia brings her passion for collaboration, solidarity and social change to her work as an activist locally and internationally.  Born and raised in Southern California, Lilia moved with her family to Baja California, Mexico at fifteen and experienced the bicultural reality of a cross-border life.
For Lilia, an education is a luxury won by her parents' sacrifice. She is the eldest of four children and the first person in her family to graduate high school and later attend college. Lilia recalls her father teaching her the meaning of the saying “actions speak louder than words.”  In her mind’s eye she can see him reviewing math and reading with her at the dining table after returning home from 8-12 hours of hard work as a migrant farm worker. He encouraged her to strive for a respected role in society. Lilia strongly believes her gratitude can only be expressed through a spirit of service.

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