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UTRGV welcomes the actress, author and immigration advocate for its third annual Distinguished Speaker Series

By Bryan Ramos

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TRGV is continuing its third annual Distinguished Speaker Series as actress, author and activist Diane Guerrero will be in Brownsville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to speak inside the Texas Southmost College Arts Center.

Guerrero broke through people’s TV screens on the popular Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black”, “Jane the Virgin” which airs on The CW, and ABC’s “Superior Donuts.”

While people see the success of the Latina actress on some of their favorite shows, what they might not know is the perseverance she showed in her incredible journey to get to this point.

In 2014, Guerrero authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times detailing part of that journey, having her parents deported at the age of 14. This is an excerpt from her op-ed:

“In “Orange Is the New Black,” I play Maritza Ramos, a tough Latina from the ‘hood. In “Jane the Virgin,” I play Lina, Jane’s best friend and a funny know-it-all who is quick to offer advice. I love both parts, but they’re fiction. My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported.”

Guerrero also authored a 2016 memoir titled “In The Country We Love: My Family Divided”, a tale of personal triumph that voices the struggles and failures of the U.S. immigration system.

The actress also volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambasador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House.

“The Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) is a signature program under the leadership of UTRGV’s Student Activities that aims to provide the university and surrounding community with world-class speakers and lecturers.”

The event is free, open to the public event and will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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