TLU to host Diane Guerrero, actress in Netflix Series Orange is The New Black
Posted on 2/27/2018 8:19:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- An actress known for her role as Maritza Ramos on the hit Neflix series "Orange is The New Black" will be in Seguin tonight to share more about her original plight as Diane Guerrero, a Latino woman who at the age of 14 was left to continue her education and build on her acting career without the support of her family. Guerrero has been invited to speak to the Seguin community tonight at Texas Lutheran University.

Guerrero will share pages found in her memoir, "In the Country We Love: My Family Divided." As found in her book, Guerrero will speak about being a teenager and learning that her parents had been detained and deported while she was at school.

Ashlie Ford, TLU's director of marketing and communications, says born in the U.S., Guerrero, who remained in the country, will share her lifelong journey -a journey, that despite her success, hasn't been so easy.

"We feel that Diane's story is one that a lot of people can resonate with not just here in the community but especially nationally right now with what's going on with immigration issues. She's going to be talking a lot about her memoir which is called "In The Country We Love: My Family Divided" and it's a really moving story about the resilience that she had when her parents were deported when she was just 14-years-old, they were sent back to Columbia and she had to kind of navigate and deal with her life here in the United States without her parents. She's going to be sharing what that experience was like. She'll be talking about what it is like to be a Latina in Hollywood and she'll of course also be talking about her role as Maritza Ramos on 'Orange is The New Black' as well as her role as Lina in 'Jane The Virgin' and her current role as Sophia in the CBS comedy 'Superior Donuts.'"

It is reported that from an early age, Guerrero has always had an affinity for the arts. Guerrero attended the Boston Arts Academy where she studied vocal music and after graduating high school, she received a degree in political science and communication. However, she quickly realized her passion lay in performance art and moved to New York to pursue her dreams.

Due to her work both on and off the stage, Variety recently named her one of the "Top 10 Latina Actresses" to watch. In 2015, Guerrero was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform, and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration. Guerrero currently resides in New York City.

Despite political lines, Ford says Guerrero's story will hopefully shed light on an issue that is being heavily debated right now in this country.

"She is going to be talking about immigration and things like that -- her personal story but we feel that it's a wonderful way for people to come and not just hear about her own path that she has taken but also maybe learn more about some of the people that they might know in their own lives who are dealing with these types of issues and also putting a face with some of the struggles of the more than 11 million undocumented people who live in this country," said Ford.

Guerrero's success continues as she is scheduled to play opposite Catherine Zeta Jones, Olivier Martinez, and John Leguizamo in her upcoming film, "The Godmother." She also recently wrapped up lead roles in "Peter And John," "Happy Yummy Chicken" and has appeared in several other features including Lionsgate's "My Man Is A Loser."

Guerrero will be signing copies of her book following today's free presentation. Copies of her book can be purchased in the TLU Bookstore or at the event.

The presentation gets underway at 7:30 p.m. today at TLU's Jackson Auditorium. Guerrero's visit is being made possible thanks to the Brown Cultural Series sponsored by TLU's Jessie and Jack Harold Upton Brown Cultural Enrichment Endowment Fund.
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