AARP Associate State Director and Dominican Native Finds Home in Philadelphia

Yocasta Lora, associate state director of advocacy and community outreach at AARP, moved to America from the Dominican Republic in 2000. Since Lora could not speak English, she took a non-credit English language class at Community College of Philadelphia and then enrolled in La Salle University’s Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement program for Hispanic students. Once she finished the two-year program, Lora enrolled in La Salle for business administration and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007.