College Adviser Fellow, Leland High School
Nyia was born and raised in San Jose, California. As the oldest of 10 siblings, and after watching her parents struggle she realized education was the answer. With the help of DCAC she received a scholarship from Students Rising Above. After graduating from Pioneer High School, she attended Sonoma State University and was the first in her family to earn a BA in Sociology, with distinction. Nyia is very passionate about helping other first generation college students pursue higher education. She has previously worked for ALearn as a teaching assistant for their math acceleration program in East San Jose, and as Student Support Specialist at Roseland University Prep in Santa Rosa, Ca. In addition to working in the school setting, Nyia has also worked in juvenile court for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s office, helping juveniles and their families navigate the criminal justice system.