Ana Yessica Guerrero is a social entrepreneur dedicated to empowering first-generation Latinx students to reach their full potential. She is a proud immigrant from Mexico City and grew up on a ranch in Goleta, Calif. As a first-generation student herself, she had numerous aspirations and goals. Ana was an eager and determined scholar, yet she was met with little academic guidance and a lack of resources. Although Ana encountered greater difficulties in higher education, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley followed by a master’s degree and doctorate from the department of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ana realized the challenges she endured in her academic journey were not unique, but a recurring pattern among first-generation students. While researching for her doctorate degree, she studied more closely the experiences of first-generation, Latinx students in college and the type of guidance they receive for career development after graduation. Observing the inequalities, Ana then used her expertise and passion for supporting Latinx learners to launch her business, FirstGen_Resilience.