Elizabeth Hernandez Hanna

Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Director of Trio Program

An American of Mexican descent, Elizabeth Hernandez Hanna grew up in Wilmington, CA with both of her parents and four siblings.  The struggle of living in a low income and high crime demographic area made earning an education a lofty dream, but with the support of her husband and her mama, Elizabeth earned her GED, an Associate’s degree from L.A. Harbor College, a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Dominguez Hills and a Master’s degree from CSU Long Beach.

Professionally, Elizabeth serves as the Director for TRIO Student Support Services at CSU, Dominguez Hills.  TRIO Student Support Services, also known as SSS, is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education and it is designed to support the academic needs of first generation and low-income students, former foster youth, and students with disabilities.  Her passion lies in assisting and motivating students pursue their academic goals, navigate the college system, and succeed in college and beyond.

When Elizabeth is not working, she loves spending quality time with her husband and 2 children, she enjoys volunteering in her hometown community, and she loves to dance!  Cheers to an amazing 2017 COCLC!