Hispanic Heritage Month Profile

Highlighting successful Hispanic professionals during Hispanic Heritage Month

andradeDr. Juan Andrade was born in Brownwood, TX. His parents, born of Mexican ancestry, never got to finish primary school, but they always stressed education. During his childhood and adolescence, he helped his family by selling newspapers for lunch money, working in restaurants for clothes, and working in meatpacking plants for college money. He also worked as a farm worker, picking cotton and hoeing weeds in fields of cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, and peanuts. Without letting his financial situation define his educational achievement, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, a master’s in Education from Antioch College, an educational specialist and doctoral degrees from Northern Illinois University, and a post-doctorate master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. Shortly after finishing college, Dr. Andrade spent his time as a teacher in the state of Texas until he was fired and incarcerated for speaking Spanish to his students. Dr. Andrade then left Texas and relocated to Chicago, where he worked as a political commentator and columnist until he co-founded the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). USHLI promotes education and leadership development and conducting research on the social, economic, cultural, and political implications of Latino population growth. “Doc,” as he is known by his friends, gives this piece of advice to students everywhere: “Remember, success is not measured by how high you climb, but how wide you can reach. So reach wide and the height will take care of itself.”