A&M-Commerce alum Dr. Aaliyah Miranda ('19) is featured in a recent Dallas Morning News article describing her journey from experiencing domestic violence to becoming a champion for victims of domestic abuse.
Born and raised in Mexico, Miranda immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16. Soon after graduating high school, she was married with a child on the way. Miranda said she endured years of abuse from her husband after their son was born with gastroschisis, a rare birth condition that he blamed on her years as an avid runner in high school.
Miranda eventually escaped and sought refuge at The Family Place, a non-profit serving domestic violence victims across North Texas. She went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees before receiving a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from A&M-Commerce.
Coming full circle, she is now the senior director of Residential Programs at The Family Place, providing leadership, supervision and program development for two women's shelters, a men's shelter and a child development center.
Read Miranda's inspiring story on the Dallas Morning News website.
(Photo courtesy of The Family Place.)