Nyora Higgs is an adjunct faculty member at the Virtual Academic Center, where she teaches a course on human behavior and the social environment. For more than 15 years, she has worked in the social work field, primarily in public child welfare on both micro and macro levels and in the juvenile justice system. She has also worked with individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and homelessness.
Over the years, she has served in leadership roles with various programs and agencies. With advocacy, social justice and empowerment at the helm of her passion and motivation, Higgs established and served as executive director of the National Empowerment Foundation, Inc., where she implemented the Sports Youth Summit and Motivational Seminars for Foster Youth. For three years, she also served as an education commissioner for Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass. In addition, she assisted with the statewide refunding efforts for Proposition 36 in California.
Higgs received her associate’s degree in general education from El Camino College and her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She went on to receive a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in community organization, planning and administration from USC.