Dr. Teresa Granillo grew up with a single mother who did not have an education. "My mom used to tell me that if you don't want this life, go get a college education and I took that advice very seriously," says Dr. Granillo. She went on to receive a Ph. D. in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Granillo is currently a professor of Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin and the Director of Con Mi Madre, a non-profit that helps all Latinas achieve a higher education. "My dream is that all students regardless of social class, regardless of skin, regardless of what family they are coming from, they all have the opportunity to pursue a higher education, to get an education, and to have a career that they've always dreamed of."
The advice she gives all students is "Don't let yourself tell you that you can't do it or don't believe because at the end of the day, the fact that you're crossing that road and going to college and pursuing their education, they're enough," says Dr. Granillo.