Our alumni have some pretty amazing stories to tell. Harper alumni have overcome significant
obstacles, worked hard on their journey toward success and are making great contributions in
both career and community. If you have an idea for an Alumni Spotlight story, contact
International student experience inspires alumna to give back
Shipra Rajput always dreamed of studying in the United States. So, when the opportunity arose to go to college in the U.S., and following a recommendation of a family friend who lived in the northwest suburbs, Shipra enrolled at Harper College in 2014.
A meaningful "thanks" from alumna
Dana Romero (A.A. ’19) counts several highlights from her time as a student at Harper College. She was secretary of the Psychology club, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an orientation leader, in the Honors Program, a member of several other clubs, and maintained a near 4.0 GPA.
Harper Alum's passion for social work, social justice ignited at Harper College
Years before Dr. Justin Harty (A.A. ‘08) became a trailblazer in the field of Social Work and an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, he was a high school graduate questioning if college was the right path for him. He worked at Menards for the first few years after high school before deciding to enroll at Harper part-time.
Second chance leads to steadfast support of Harper students
Harper College helped Randal Allen turn his life around. The scientist, professor and donor is dedicated to helping others gain new opportunities via scholarships.
Harper graduate's immigration story inspires immigration law career
Maria Vargas received her law degree in Mexico. After becoming a U.S. citizen, she earned her paralegal certification at Harper College to work in immigration law.
Harper alum leading Illini Solar Car Team
Harper College alum Tim Damisch is president of the Illini Solar Car Team, which will compete this summer in the American Solar Challenge.
Alumni credit ESL program as catalyst for success
When Veronica Naranjo moved to the Chicago area from Colombia in 2006, she had a college degree but she didn’t speak much English and wasn’t certain about her first steps in her new country. After exploring area colleges, she enrolled in the ESL program at Harper College. Once at Harper, she quickly found that the program provided so much more than the language skills she wanted to improve.
Harper nursing grads working on coronavirus frontlines
As you’d imagine, a shift working with coronavirus patients is completely different than a traditional workday, alumni of Harper College’s nursing program say. “It’s really night and day in terms of how we’re caring for patients,” said Hanan Aquil, a 2016 graduate working at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.
A start in paralegal studies launches career in public justice for Alumna
For attorney Anne Harrigan, A.A.S. ’96 and A.A. ’97, Harper served as the launching pad to a successful career in public service law.
Tres Fridas Project: Reimagining Art Through the Disability Lens
Harper alumna Reveca Torres and Chicago artists Miriam Pare and Tara Ahern have created the exhibit, “Tres Fridas Project: Reimagining Art Through the Disability Lens.”