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
Director, Office of Multicultural Advancement
Email: kmorales12@email.arizona.edu
T 520-621-5522

Charlinda Haudley
Program Coordinator Senior, Office of Multicultural Advancement
Email: chaudley@arizona.edu
T 520-621-8266


Council Members

Magdalena Verdugo

she/her/hers

Council Chair

Victor Mercado

He/him/his

council co-chair

Andra Soria

she/her/hers/ ella

UA Staff

Council Member

Lea Marquez Peterson

she/her/hers

Council Member

Marisela Felix

she/her/hers

council member

Isabel Georgelos

she/her/hers

council member

Melissa Martinez

she/her/hers

Council Member

Elizer Asunsolo

he/him/his

Council Member

Elizabeth Soltero

she/her/hers

council member

Kate Hoffman

she/her/hers

council member

Jorge Aguilar

council member

Jim Garcia

Council Member


MEETINGS

The council members are alumni, educators, retirees and community members who are interested in helping the university achieve its goal of embracing our diversity as a strategic source of strength. The council meetings are open to community members. If you are a community member who is interested in joining or attending the HCC meetings, please contact Office of Multicultural Advancement at oma@email.arizona.edu for more information. 


Initiatives 2019-2020

  • 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. 

Accomplishments

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.

Resources

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