Senior Academic Advisor
Campus Address: Twin Rise South Wing 620
BA in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, MA in American Studies-Puerto Rican Studies and currently Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Transnational Studies (Indigenous Studies) at SUNY Buffalo.
Experienced in counseling at public school, mental health and higher education. Teaching experience includes a seminar for freshmen students, and the Puerto Rico Program. Public speaking in several venues at national and international level including New York State, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Conducted research studies on the Puerto Rico Program as a Non-traditional Way of Learning, "Discipline from the Hispanic Cultural Perspective," sponsored by CDHS, and "Gotta Have Faith" sponsored by Diversity Abroad, Buffalo State and the University of Minnesota. Conducted studies on Natives from Canada, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Recipient of several awards and certificates from students, faculty and staff, including: Adelante Estudiantes Latinos at Buffalo State (1980, 1983-84, 1987, 2018), Leadership Award, Leadership Education and Development Center at Buffalo State (2000), Member of National Coalition Building Institute, Trainee (2000), the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement (2001), “Pucho” Olivencia Award for Excellence in Education, Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center Day, Executive Chamber Proclamation from the City of Buffalo, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Education Award, New York State Senator, 60th District (2003), Alumni of the Buffalo State College Emerging College Leaders (2013), and Chair of the Diversity Abroad- Religion Task Force (2014-2015), Mental Health First Aid USA Certificate (2018), Member of UUP and many others.
Engagement in the community includes: Trinidad Neighborhood, Inc., former member of the Board of Trustees of Benedict House in Buffalo, and Board of Directors of Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.
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