Diane Guerrero

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Join ALA President Sari Feldman for the ALA Awards followed by the president's selected guest speaker, Diane Guerrero, always a highlight of the conference.

“America's libraries have advanced the American Dream by providing services and resources that welcome and support all immigrants,” says ALA President Sari Feldman, who looks forward to welcoming Guerrero to her program. “Diane Guerrero's personal story is a powerful reminder of the library's essential role in creating individual opportunity and community progress.”

Well known as an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, Guerrero also volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center and in 2015 was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. An outspoken advocate for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform, Guerrero was taken in by other Colombian families in Boston after the rest of her family was deported without warning to Colombia when she was 14. She has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization, to promote citizenship and voter registration.

Guerrero, who has a degree in political science and communication as well as studying vocal music, has appeared on numerous TV series and in feature films. In 2015, Variety named her one of the top 10 Latina actresses to watch, and she received a Screen Actors Guild award for her role as Maritza Ramos on the award-winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Her forthcoming memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, will be published in May 2016 by Henry Holt & Co.

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