Service Learning Assistant Program Director
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master of Education, College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
As as undergraduate at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, I took two service learning courses which changed the course of my studies and ultimately my life. While enrolled in "Service Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community," I assisted a high school civics teacher in a Spanish-speaking classroom at a Minneapolis Public School for a semester. After reflecting upon the U.S. educational system and opportunities for Chicano/Latino students, I changed my major from Psychology to International Studies/Latin American studies and participated in a human rights service-learning delegation throughout Guatemala. I became enamored with learning outside of the classroom and continued to learn about education systems throughout the world as I studied, worked, and volunteered in New Zealand, Spain, England, and Guatemala.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership at UWM where I further fostered my passion for service, social justice, and higher education. I continued to develop in these areas at Oregon State University where I was a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Civic Engagement, an AmeriCorps Students in Service volunteer, and a member of the Oregon Campus Compact Student Advisory Board. When I am not supporting students as they navigate the world of service-learning, I can be found volunteering at a variety of nonprofits throughout Milwaukee.
As the new Assistant Director of the Marquette Service Learning Program, I have the privilege of working alongside amazing students, staff, faculty, and community partners who are all working together to educate, empower, and impact the Milwaukee community. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work at an institution that expands the walls of the classroom through community-based learning and that also values the connections that students make between their community site, their textbooks, and the larger world.