News Release| School of Social Work; Cal State L.A.

June 6, 2013

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A single mother, recovering addict, domestic violence survivor to graduate from Cal State L.A. 

Nobriga to march at the CSULA Commencement on Friday, June 15

Los Angeles, CA – After overcoming a history of domestic violence and a 28-year heroin addiction, Monique Nobriga is finally achieving her dream of a college degree this June. In addition to being a single mom and caring for her ailing mother, she will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work with cum laude honors at Cal State L.A.’s 65th Commencement.

With pride, she shares that she was not only accepted into CSULA’s graduate program, specializing in forensic social work, but she is also celebrating seven years of sobriety. Using her life experience to help others, she is currently working on a field internship at “A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project,” a non-profit organization in South Los Angeles that helps women and girls break free from criminal activity and lead healthy and satisfying lives.

Providing hope to those suffering from domestic violence or substance abuse, Nobriga also regularly gives motivational presentations—geared toward employment, career success, college education, health and personal safety—at various community agencies, including Angel Step Inn in Pico Rivera and Children’s Institute in Torrance.

A Dean’s List student, Nobriga’s accolades include CSULA’s College of Health and Human Services 2011-12 Certificate of Honor, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s 2011 Learner of the Year Award, the 2008 Women’s Soroptimist Award, and the Assistance League of Whittier Scholarship for 2007 and 2009.

“In both field internship and in classroom discussions, Monique demonstrates leadership combined with inclusiveness and humility altogether, and she has been observed serving as an informal mentor and tutor among student peers,” said CSULA’s Professor Joanne Altschuler.

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