Media Kit

Media Kit for Arlene Garcia, Ph.D.

Think a suburban girl from Connecticut who put herself through school, then worked with young people for 17 years before becoming a published author and advocate for invisible disabilities might have some stories to share?
Arlene Garcia is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and appearances. She is also happy to speak to reading and writing groups via telephone or Skype. To learn more about her mission to help those with chronic illnesses, please visit Bsrealtalk supports charities for individuals with disabilities. Please download the press release of her new book, Oh What Will You Do?: HERE.

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Arlene Garcia, Ph.D.

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Short Bio: Arlene Garcia, Ph.D. was born and raised in Connecticut. She is an educator, the founder of BitterSweet: Real Talk, and a published author of three books:  A Coed With a Will: Keeps it Real, Gatekeeping Behind Meritocracy, and Oh What Will You Do?

Learn more about Arlene Garcia’s newest book here.

Book Synopsis

Oh What Will You Do? is a children’s paperback book that will inspire young girls to dream bigger and achieve greater. The author describes in rhyming prose and with lovely illustration the countless career options available to young girls.

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Five Fun Facts You Didn’t Know

    I grew up in Connecticut, attended college in NY and studied for a semester in Washington, D.C.

I enjoy traveling and have visited Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. A tour of Africa hitting each coast starting with the West is on my bucket list.

I love dancing and listening to music. My musical taste encompasses many genres including country to reggae.

I took Salsa lessons and practiced weekly at Salsa parties.

I have four sisters and a daughter.


“Arlene Garcia, Ph.D., provided editorial feedback to La Femme Latina, a blog for young Latinas running from 2012-2013. During this time La Femme Latina had four contributing writers whose articles spanned
across beauty and wellness. I was impressed with Arlene’s ability to provide editorial feedback on the spectrum of articles in a way that still honored the essence of the writer’s message. In addition,
Arlene’s connectedness to the audience reached by La Femme Latina helped her to ensure key messages were fresh and relevant. It was truly a pleasure working with Arlene on La Femme Latina.” Founder of La Femme
Latina, Teresa Geovanna

“What a wonderful book with a simple but profound message of hope for young girls. Good job Dr. Garcia. Can’t Wait for the second book.” Abbas Nuriddin

“The book will cover many age categories; I feel it’s a great message you put out there for several reasons. Too often young girls are lost because of their lack of direction. This book is an eye opener, an
opportunity for the young population to consider their future and not nails, hair and boys. Two thumbs up…another good one for my showcase. Aria, thanks for your hand over hand, so cute.
Best of everything in your book.” Eloise Adegbola

“After reading this book I found it to be a great book to read to children. It shows them they can try many different things in life and be who they are no matter what. Great children’s book to have in your
collection.” Kay Y

“John was thrilled that he got into his first choice for college. Thanks again for all your help and guidance.” John’s mother

Fast Facts

Dr. Arlene Garcia was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended the school system in Danbury CT, where she learned at a young age the importance of education. She was an avid learner and Honor Roll student until her teen years, where she took a turn for the worse and began hanging out with the wrong crowd, which led Garcia to eventually receiving her first F! Now Dr. Garcia teaches social studies in NY.

Arlene Garcia, a Gates and Hord Scholar, obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching through a dual degree honors program and completed her doctorate in criminology in NY. Her research interests include: legal and social issues relating to crime and delinquency, education and gender, corrections and issues relating to prison reentry, theory and deviance, and drug policy. She also attended an educational leadership program and has her School Building Leadership (SBL) Certificate.

She has worked for multiple learning centers, such as Huntington Learning Center and Score!Prep which is a division of Kaplan. She has tutored students privately as well and instructed college prep, PSAT, SAT, ACT courses for the ConnCap /Upward Bound Program at Western Connecticut State University. She also instructed criminology courses and political science courses on the college level.

As a speaker, Garcia has worked with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Senator Ted Kennedy and Miss America in Washington, D.C. She has also spoken at local and community functions in Connecticut and New York.

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