Hispanic Community Council

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The University of Arizona Hispanic Community Council provides community input and support to the UA on strategic initiatives and in promoting diversity and inclusion. 

The role of the University of Arizona Hispanic Community Council is to support the mission and success of the University of Arizona by strengthening the UA’s ability to serve the Hispanic community. 

We are committed to serving as a communications conduit between Southern Arizona’s Hispanic communities and the UA. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. 

Karla Morales
Program Coordinator, Sr., Government and Community Relations
Email: kmorales12@email.arizona.edu
T 520-621-5522


Thursday, May 16, 2019
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Old Main boardroom

Initiatives 2017-2018

  • Support the UA’s 100% Engagement efforts by uncovering engagement opportunities that are accessible to first-generation students.
  • Collaborate with UA Hispanic Alumni for fundraising and student retention.
  • Collaborate with Student Affairs Enrollment Management to host a Diversity Transfer Day in spring 2016.
  • Support UA legislative priorities by collaborating with UA’s State Relations and Alumni Association to engage the Hispanic and broader Southern Arizona communities in support of UA. 

Council Members

Jim Garcia
Interim Chair
President, UA Hispanic Alumni Association

Montserrat Arrendondo
Project Staff, National Education Association, Tucson Office

Elizer (Elie) Asunsolo
Commercial Relationship Associate/AVP, BBVA Compass

Denise Avlarez
Dispute Resolutions Manager, Better Business Bureau>

Maria Federico Brummer
Director, Mexican American Student Services, TUSD

Kate Hoffman
Executive Director, Live the Solution RGB

Selena Llamas
Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator, Expect More Arizona

Lea Marquez Peterson
President, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Diane Quevedo
Retired, TUSD

Magdalena Verdugo
Vice President of School Readiness and Education, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Geneva Escobedo
Retired, Pima Community College

Victor Mercado
Director of Public Information Sunnyside School District
victormercado@susd12.org, 520-545-2228

Dominic Ortega
daoco11@comcast.net, 520-260-6729


The Council also focuses on a number of activities each year that yield significant results. These include:

  • The Council secured significant additional funding to support student recruitment efforts, bolstered retention programs, and increased the number of students who benefit from UA writing skills programs.
  • Members collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs to increase the capacity of the UA New Start Program. New Start is a summer bridge program that helps students successfully transition from high school to the UA. Both the total number of students and the number of Hispanic students signing up to participate in New Start has increased by more than 30%. 
  • Council members trained to serve as Parents and Alumni Working With Students (PAWS) Volunteers. PAWS Volunteers help the UA recruit students by sharing their personal undergraduate experiences. PAWS Volunteers can adopt a school to help create a college-going culture, assist with college fairs, and/or sponsor and participate in admitted student/parent receptions.


Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center (Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs)

UA Hispanic Alumni Club

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