Heather Hathaway Miranda
Senior Advisor of Strategic Operations
Heather Ana Hathaway Miranda is an award-winning, international speaker with over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience as a researcher and educator specializing in a range of academic subjects intersecting race, ethnicity, class, gender, and disparity. Heather is fierce when it comes to injustice. As a scholar-activist, her passion is to empower underserved communities through education rooted in advocacy efforts to raise consciousness about multi-ethnic issues locally, nationally, and internationally.
Throughout the years, Heather has taught courses and has delivered motivational and informational presentations at institutions such as Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa, Lewis University, St. Xavier University, Cornell College as well as in non-profit, church, high school, and preschool settings. Additionally, she has presented her research at countless universities in the U.S. and abroad including, for example, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, University of Auckland, New Zealand, George Washington University, and the University of Southern California. During her first year of teaching high school in an all African American male school, she was elected the Hardest Working Teacher. Most recently she received a Faculty Woman of Distinction Award at Saint Xavier University.
Her academic pursuits have hurled her through such prestigious institutions as the University of Illinois-both (Champaign and Chicago), Michigan State University, Yale University, Autonomous University of Southern Baja California (Mexico), and University of Guanajuato (Mexico). She currently is a professor of Latino Studies at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and at the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)-Chicago while she is working on her PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education at UIC with a 4.0 GPA.
She has traveled extensively including 50 U.S. states, 31 Mexican states, over 35 countries, and 19 U.S. National Parks. She is a self-taught photographer, a survivor of domestic violence, and a single parent to a 6-year old.