Senator Ricardo Lara
State of California Senate
Long Beach, known as the Cambodian capital of the U.S., is home to the largest Khmer community in the world, outside the Southeast Asian nation, Cambodia.
"This opportunity allowed me to share my mother's lessons and display some of the educational credentials she earned during the Jim Crow era when few women of any color were accepted into certain types of professional programs and institutions of higher education," Nash said. "It was because of her and others like her that I am able to stand before audiences today and say, you can do it, too."
Mothers and grandmothers help us form significant impressions, not only about our own culture, but also about the culture we share with others, Sunny Nash said.
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Littie Nash, Mother of Sunny Nash
"I was delighted to accept conference organizer, Chan Hopson's, challenge to speak to the multi-cultural audience," said Nash, former nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for Hearst and Knight-Ridder.
"When a person is asked to speak on a topic, it gives the person a chance to develop deeper appreciation for the subject," Nash said. "But I am not sure how it is possible for me to appreciate my mother more than I already do for encouraging me throughout my life and career, and lighting my path through her own persistence."
Sunny Nash earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication, Texas A&M University; Postgraduate Media Studies Certificate, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Arizona State University; Postgraduate Diploma, Instructional Technology, University of California, San Diego; and Postgraduate Digital Literacy Studies Certificate, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Boston. Sunny Nash’s international studies include Intellectual Property Law, World Intellectual Property Organization Academy, Geneva, Switzerland; Diplomacy, Culture and Communication, United Nations; Research Methodology, and Digital Preservation, Archival Information Systems, University of London; and Archival Data, National Archives of Australia, Melbourne.
Bigmama Didn’t Shop
Certificate of Recognition
State of California Senate
Representing Southeast Los Angeles County, California State Senator Ricardo Lara is one of the most influential members of the California Senate. He chairs the Appropriations Committee, and serves on numerous other committees--Energy, Utilities and Communications, Governance and Finance, Banking and Financial Institutions, and Governmental Organization. Senator Lara was presented a Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House in 2013. A graduate of San Diego State University in Journalism, Spanish and Chicano Studies, Senator Ricardo Lara chairs of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.