MiraCosta College's Gaby Beas Receives Women of Impact in Education Award During Women's History Month

Gabby Beas

Photo courtesy of Assembly District 77

Gaby Beas, a dedicated student services specialist at MiraCosta College, has been honored with the prestigious Women of Impact in Education title. The recognition, bestowed by Assembly District 77 and Assemblymember Tasha Boerner, celebrates Beas’ outstanding educational contributions and her unwavering commitment to empowering communities.

The award ceremony, held on March 16, coincided with Women's History Month, making Beas’ achievement even more poignant as she joins the ranks of trailblazing women who have left an indelible mark on society.

In response to the recognition, Beas’ expressed her gratitude, saying, "Thank you for seeing me, thank you for seeing my work, and thank you for seeing my community."

Beas’ journey is a testament to the transformative power of education. As a first-generation Mexican-American, born to migrant farm workers and raised in Solana Beach and Encinitas, she has overcome numerous obstacles to pursue higher education. After earning her associate’s degree from MiraCosta College, Beas received the prestigious Latino HealthCare Professional Project (LHPP) fellowship at California State University Long Beach. During her tenure at California State University, Long Beach, Beas honed her skills in community advocacy, focusing on eliminating healthcare disparities.

Despite her success in healthcare, Beas felt a calling to make a difference in the field of education. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences, she transitioned her career to student services at MiraCosta College. Here, she has dedicated herself to eliminating educational disparities, championing equality, and empowering underrepresented communities.

Reflecting on her journey, Beas credits her time at MiraCosta College for shaping her path. "I had a mentor at MiraCosta who saw something in me, something I hadn’t yet discovered, and she had me apply for the fellowship. Because of her, a seed was planted, which later became the passion and purpose for my career. That is why I have returned to MiraCosta. I want to pass on the gift that I was given. I want to help guide others to find their passion so they too can discover their purpose."

Beas’ story inspires students and educators alike, highlighting the importance of mentorship, perseverance, and the transformative impact of education. As she continues to make a difference in the lives of others, Gaby Beas exemplifies the spirit of Women's History Month and the ongoing pursuit of equality and empowerment in education.

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