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Reach for the Future with Chicago Scholars and Alejandra Campoverdi

Join us for our inaugural Reach for the Future: A Chicago Scholars Celebration in support of our Onsite College & Leadership Forum. Enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, networking with fellow Chicago Scholars supporters, and a fireside chat with current Chicago Scholars and keynote speaker, Alejandra Campoverdi, author of FIRST GEN.


About the event

Reach for the Future is the evening of November 13 at Walden Chicago. Cocktail attire suggested. Purchase tickets and learn about available sponsorships here.

Walden Chicago is located at 2415 W. Walnut St., Chicago, IL 60612.

About Alejandra Campoverdi

Alejandra’s award-winning memoir, FIRST GEN, examines the emotional toll of social mobility on those she refers to as “First and Onlys.” FIRST GEN is a national bestseller and winner of the CALIBA Martin Cruz Smith Award. It was also longlisted for the Outstanding Works of Literature Award for the First Year Experience.

FIRST GEN is the 2024 Opportunity Matters Book Club selection for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). COE is a national book club for first-generation and low-income students at colleges and universities across the country.

Previously, Alejandra served in the Obama White House as the first White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media. She produced and appeared in the groundbreaking PBS documentary Inheritance. She also founded the LATINOS & BRCA awareness initiative in partnership with Penn Medicine’s Basser Center for BRCA.

Alejandra holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated cum laude from USC. She currently serves on the boards of the California Community Foundation and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.