Laura Delgado, a Cuban-American from Houston, Texas, moved to Nashville to pursue her education at Vanderbilt University. She is now in her ninth year of work serving the Latinx and immigrant communities of Nashville. Through her prior work at Conexión Américas Laura found her passion for college access and success for first-generation students. Laura leads the Pionero Scholars program at Lipscomb, which is a grow your own pipeline for MNPS graduates who want to become teachers. Her work helps her think systemically about the bridges between high school and college, and how to retain first-generation students of color in college. She founded and co-chairs the College of Education’s Diversity Task Force after her work co-founding the Trailblazer Coalition in 2016. She is a founding board member of the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA).