Experience

1979-1990 Bilingual Educator, Chicago Board of Education, 1984-1990 Bilingual GED/ESL Instructor (evening classes), Cook County Department of Corrections, Malcolm X College, Chicago City Colleges

 

I accepted a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held tenure as the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina (UIUC's Latino cultural center) 1990-2005, until my promotion to the Office of the Dean of Students as an Assistant Dean of Students 2005-2015 and subsequently promoted to Assistant Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Access, Office of the Chancellor, 2015 until my retirement in 2018. 

Certificates

•    Certificate of Election, Champaign County Board member, Champaign County Clerk 2006-current

•    Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCC) Certification

Understanding What's in Affirmative Action Plans - Part 3: The AAPs For Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, June 7, 2016 (HRCI Code 283739)    

Understanding What's in Affirmative Action Plans - Part 3: The AAPs For Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, June 7, 2016 (Activity ID 16-87YNW)  

Outreach Targeting Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities, and More, May 18, 2016 (HRCI Code 272506)    

Revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing, August 25, 2015 (HRCI Code 252952)  

Documentation Best Practice, March 31, 2015 (HRCI Code 237435)

•    WPA Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff (course                    completed on March 1, 2016

•    WPA Ethics Training for University Employees (course completed on October 1, 2015)

•    Indiana Industry Liaison Group, OFCCP Fair Pay & Safe Workplace, September 11, 2015 (ORG-Program 255324)

•    American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Professional Development & Training Institute, Madison, WI,  

      Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program for Women and Minorities, August 5-6, 2015

•    American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Professional Development & Training Institute, Madison, WI,            EEO and Affirmative Action Law, August 3-4, 2015

•    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DiversityEdu20, June-2015

•    Indiana Industry Liaison Group, Recent Significant OFCCP Developments, May 15, 2015 (ORG-Program 244758)

•    Certificate of Election, Champaign City Council at-large, Champaign County Clerk 2002-2005

•    Notary Public for the State of Illinois, Secretary of State 2003-2007

•    Human Resources Development, The Senior Certificate, University of Illinois 2000

•    Human resources development, Professional Supervision, University of Illinois 1997

Current and Former Boards, Commissions, Committees

  • Local Workforce Innovation (Area 17), Current, Champaign, Ford, Piatt & Iroquois Counties

  • Community Action Board, Current, Regional Planning Commission

  • Champaign County Coalition, Current

  • Champaign - Urbana Cradle-To-Career (CUC2C), Current

  • Champaign - Urbana Board of Health (CUPHD), Current

  • Education Justice Project (EPJ), Current, A Comprehensive College-in-Prison ProgramDanville - Champaign - Chicago Correctional Facilities

  • Diversifying Faculty in Illinois - Chair, Current, Illinois Board of Higher Education

  • 2016 Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County Board Member, Current

  • Serve Illinois Volunteerism Board Member, Current AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, EduCorps

  • Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI), Fellowship Review Committee, Current

  • The Hispanic Employment Plan sub-Committee of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Current

  • WGRC, Champaign Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, Current

  • Desafinado, Brazilian/Jazz Ensemble, Current

  • National Association of Latino Elected Official (NALEO), Current

  • State of Illinois Governors Commission on Hate Crimes, Facilitator

  • University YMCA at the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Board Member

  • Spurlock Museum, Board of Directors

  • United Way, Board of Directors

  • Latino Partnership of Champaign County, Founder, Executive Board

  • NAACP, National Association of Colored People, Member

  • Champaign Police Community Advisory Committee

  • WEFT Radio, 90.1 FM, Produced, Hosted and Coordinated, La Voz Latina

  • Sandunga, Afro-Cuban Quintet

  • Champaign County Democratic Committee, Vice Chair of Diversity

  • Champaign Human Service Council of Champaign County, Representative for the Latino Partnership

  • Latino Partnership of Champaign County Planning and Development, Chair

  • La Comunidad Unida Urbana-Champaign Partnership Project La Casa Initiative

  • Latino Coalition of Champaign County

  • 40North/88West Arts and Entertainment Council of Champaign County Planning and Development, Executive  Board Member

  • IDF (Illinois Disciples Foundation), Board of Directors Member

  • Campus Ministries — McKinley Foundation, Board Member

  • Latino Coalition of Champaign County

  • El Centro por los Trabajadores, Executive Board Member

  • Champaign County — Big Small All, Planning Committee / Facilitator

  • City of Champaign Study Circles, Coordinating Committee / Facilitator

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

•    Office of the Chancellor, Diversity Committee

•    Office of the Chancellor, Martin Luther King Celebration Committee

•    Office of the Chancellor, Office of Equal Access and Opportunity, Job Fair Committee

•    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Professional Entertainment Committee

•    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Student Leadership Awards Committee

•    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, La Casa Cultural Latina Advisory Committee

•    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Latina/o Student Programming Fee Committee

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Latino Community Relations Advisory Committee

Accomplishments

  • Department of Children and Family Services— Illinois Board of Higher Education/University of Illinois at Urbana-  Champaign in partnership with El Centro Por Los Trabajadores, ShadowWood Trailer Park Homes — Established  a Children and Youth Drop-in Center, 2001-2005

  • Libros Y Familias — Partnership with the Champaign Public Library and La Casa Cultural Latina, University of        Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — information and recreational nook for Spanish language speakers, 2001-2002

  • Douglass Center Drum Corp — A program for African-American and Latina/o Youth providing music lessons and  musical equipment, 2000

  • Champaign Park District, Rotary International and the Latino Coalition of Champaign County - sponsored a Social  Service Organization for Immigrants and Migrants, 1999-2002

  • La Casa Cultural Latina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign —Noches Tropicales Annual Event, 1991-2005

  • Formation of Cultural Exchange Performance Funds to support cultural programming for La Casa Cultural Latina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief for La Casa Cultural Latina — El Boliten, La Carta, and the Literary Magazine

  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Spanish Language newspaper servicing Champaign County — El Informador 

  • Developed and Produced weekly radio program — La  Voz Latina, 1660 am

  • Partnered with University of Illinois faculty to Develop and Produce the first Spanish-only radio station broadcast  on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

  • Migrant Farm Worker Project, Head Start Program, Hoopeston, IL

  • FCC-Class 3 Air Shifter License

  • WILL PBS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, producer for Latino Perspectives and Co-host African-American / Latino Relations

  • Community Relations Initiative, Douglass Center / La Casa Cultural Latina /University of Illinois at Urbana-            Champaign / City of Champaign