Angelica Arriaga

Angelica Arriaga is the program director for College Is Real, a full-time, on-campus non-profit academic organization at Richmond High School in Richmond, California.

In her role, Arriaga helps students design their high school academic program in order to meet four-year university admissions requirements, provides after-school tutoring, assists and oversees CIR students with the college application process and maintains a robust alumni network. Some 140 high school students participate in College Is Real, and the program has 100 alumni in college.

Prior to College Is Real, Arriaga worked with Bay Area high school students to demystify higher education for students at Lionel Wilson Prep and Oakland Technical High School. Angelica holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in English and Chicano Studies. She is the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university.