Diana Hunter, San Diego, CA
Diana Hunter has the distinction of being the first adult literacy learner member on the WE LEARN Board of Directors. She served a three-year term from 2008-2011.
Diana first heard about WE LEARN when her teacher asked her to write an essay for Women’s Perspectives. Her article, “Speaking from the Heart,” was published in 2007. She traveled to Boston to read her essay at the Student Writing Celebration at the conference and quickly became a WE LEARN family member. Diana wrote about this experience, “It was the very first time in my life that I opened myself up to other women. The support I got from WE LEARN was the best experience I have ever had in my life.”
When invited to join the Board of Directors, Diana overcame her fear and quickly accepted the opportunity. She joined with Marie Doerner, her teacher, advocate, and mentor. Together they opened new ground for WE LEARN. Diana helped to educate the board on how adult learners can make meaningful contributions to the organization. Her leadership, input, and decision-making have been extremely valuable.
In Spring 2008, Diana wrote:
“Being on the WE LEARN Board of Directors is an honor for me. I have been looking for the opportunity to work with women to help them overcome the obstacles in their lives. I know life is a challenge, but I know that working with these women would be uplifting for me, and them as well. I have been able to overcome many challenges, even though it’s been very hard for me to go through so many life changes. It is a dream for me to be able to help women look in the mirror and see the real person they are. Mostly, I want to be an advocate for women to help them regain their confidence and self-esteem.”
Currently, Diana is pursuing her GED at San Diego Community College.