Tandia Elijio knows first-hand that education can change lives. That’s why when Tandia graduated from the University of Southern California, she went to work for UCLA’s Riordan Programs, which provides leadership and management training, as well as mentoring, to more than 100 first-generation and underrepresented high school and college students each year.
Tandia joined The Broad Center as part of the The Broad Academy team, dedicated to the recruitment and selection of aspiring school system leaders. Most recently, she is an integral memmber of the Launch Team, focused on ensuring the successful transition of The Broad Center in Los Angeles to The Broad Center at Yale SOM.
In her spare time, Tandia volunteers as a mentor to first-generation college students in South Central, and serves as the vice president of Theta Kappa Graduate/Professional Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. She also a member of the Center for Powerful Public School’s Associate Board.
While earning her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology, Tandia helped recruit low-income, first-generation high school students to attend USC through the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund.
What is your superpower?
I am great at ad-libbing song lyrics. I’m terrible at remembering the words, so I usually just make up my own lyrics on the fly.
What are people often surprised to learn about you?
People are often surprised to learn that I spent two years living in Antigua during elementary school.
Articles by Tandia
The Broad Academy Experience, The Broad Center Blog, August 3, 2018
Over the last 15 years, The Broad Academy has helped hundreds of current and aspiring urban school system leaders develop their leadership and accelerate their impact on behalf of the students and families they serve. Check out the work Tandia Elijio and The Broad Academy team does to create an exceptional experience for our fellows. Read more.