Sonia Nazario, a journalist whose story “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for feature writing, will speak Wednesday night at a reception hosted by Catch the Next, a nonprofit organization that partners with Palo Alto College and other community colleges in Texas.

Nazario and others, including Laurie Ann Guerrero, a former poet laureate for San Antonio and Texas, will speak as part of the organization’s Fall Institute event. Catch the Next works to close the achievement gap in Texas by increasing the educational attainment of Latinos and other underserved populations.

“Enrique’s Journey” was published as a series in the Los Angeles Times and later became a book. It tells of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States. Nazario’s speech Wednesday is called, “From trauma to resiliency: struggles and strengths in students’ journeys to college.”

Wednesday’s event begins at 6 p.m. in the dining hall of the Hotel Indigo Riverwalk, 830 N. St. Mary’s St. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, said Lydia C de Baca, director of peer mentoring for Catch the Next.

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