Fee Range$40K - $70K
Travels FromLos Angeles, CALIFORNIA
At a glance:Named one of the top 10 Latina actresses to watch by Variety magazine, Diane Guerrero draws from her personal and professional experiences to inspire audiences that success is possible—no matter the obstacles in your way.
Diane Guerrero was just 14 when her parents were detained and deported. Born in the U.S., she was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career. She recounts her story in her memoir, “In The Country We Love,” a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country.
Diane has, from an early age, had an affinity for the arts. After graduating high school, she received a degree in political science and communication; however, she quickly realized her passion lay in performance art, and moved to New York to pursue her dreams. Diane subsequently appeared on numerous television series and is best known for her roles as “Maritza Ramos” on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black” (for which she received three Screen Actors Guild awards) and as Lina in CW’s break-out hit, “Jane The Virgin.” She recently wrapped a co-lead in the Sony/CBS pilot “Distefano,” from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother.”
In 2015, Diane was nominated by President Obama to be a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration.
In The Country We Love: My Family DividedDiane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Diane was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.
“In the Country We Love” is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with best-selling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.
She was very impactful. Tears were shed. Many students were so thankful that we stepped out of our comfort zone and didn't just plan a party but planned an event with such purpose. She was amazing with the students - no one was left without a selfie or a chance to chat with her. She really took the time to chat with students who had been so moved by her. She is much much more than 'someone from OITNB and Jane the Virgin'!
—Case Western Reserve University
It was a huge success. The students were star struck and very impressed with how relatable she was. There were some huge emotions in the room due to the elections, however she was able to break through and connect with the audience. Loved having her!
—Illinois State University
by Vanity Fair