Planting Seeds for Change

Plantando Semillas para el Cambio

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Bilingual or Spanish only Presentations & Workshops; 

Interpreter, Translator, & Cultural Guide

Sample Topics:

Diversity, Advocacy, Diverse Communities, Domestic Violence, Gender, Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Workshop Facilitator, Guest Lecturer & Presenter

Teaching, Service, & Awards

Brief examples of volunteering, mentoring, & accomplishments

Michigan State Univ. Zavala Award
UIC Impact Day 2017
Teaching & Mentoring-Research
Honor Societies
Illinois LLAA
Chicago Illini of the Year 2015
MLK Scholarship


Heather Ana Hathaway Miranda, M.A. 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. Her academic pursuits have hurled her through such prestigious institutions as the University of Illinois-both Champaign and Chicago campuses, Michigan State University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Yale University, and Universidad de Guanajuato.


Heather is fierce when it comes to injustice. Her passion is to empower underserved communities of color through education rooted in advocacy efforts to raise consciousness about multi-ethnic issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Throughout the years, Heather has delivered motivational and informational presentations at institutions such as Michigan State University, University of Illinois (both Chicago and Champaign campuses), Universidad del Valle de México-Campus Monterrey, Northeastern Illinois University, Urban Prep Academy, Hales Franciscan High School, University of Northern Iowa, Lewis University, St. Xavier University, Cornell College, Fenwick High School. as well as in non-profit, church, and preschool settings. Additionally, she has presented her research at countless universities in the U.S. and abroad including Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, University of Auckland, New Zealand, George Washington University, and the University of Southern California to name a few. 


Heather defines herself as a bicultural, bilingual Chicana/Latina, a descendant of the Miranda family of Michoacán, México, and is a first-generation college degree recipient in her family. She was recently surprised by the revelation that her Hathaway lineage has roots back to the Mayflower. Her definitive hero is her mother, Hope—she grew up financially poor but spiritually and culturally rich as a proud first generation Mexican American woman living along Canal Bank on a dirt road near Chicago with an outhouse and no running water until she was 15 years old. She became a survivor of domestic violence and the sole custodial parent to her now 5-year-old son when he was just 9 months old. 


Heather was recognized as the Hardest Working Teacher at Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School (2010). She was selected for the prestigious Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship at UIC in recognition of her perseverance through adversity. Heather also held the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellowship (2011-2015). Presently, as a scholar-activist, she is a full-time high school Spanish teacher in Chicago at an all African American male school while also a PhD student in Educational Policy Studies at UIC. She conducts advocacy research on topics such as Latina/Latino student activism in the Midwest (presented in Colombia) and self-determination of the Oglala Lakota Indians (presented in New Zealand).


Chicago, IL

Tel: 630-432-5322


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Selected Upcoming Speaking Engagements


University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Reflections on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation & the Oglala Lakota

December 7, 2017


Stereotypeme Non-profit

December 2017


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

University of Maryland, College Park

March 2018