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Becoming an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution


Bringing together experts from across Wisconsin, this panel explores how the prospect of become an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution responds to the contemporary needs of a diverse local, regional, and national society.  The panel will provide insights into how this initiative will serve UWO students, faculty, and staff by cultivating a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable University.  Participants will share their own experiences in pursuing similar efforts at their institutions.  Topics covered will range from community outreach, the roles of bilingualism, advocacy, student support, leadership, curriculum, multicultural recruitment, and programming.  The panel will provide the opportunity to learn about ways to enrich the sense of community and belonging at the University.

Discussion Panelists Include:

  • Giovanna Gutierrez is currently an Outreach Program Manager Assistant to the Dean of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at UW Parkside and has worked in the field of outreach and student advocacy for the last 5 years. Her commitment to her institution and passion for serving students have driven her efforts on a local and international scale. As a First-Generation Latina and proud Parkside Alumni, she pushes for students to see representation and value in achieving higher education. In addition, Giovanna has worked closely with community partners and local school districts to develop programs like Universidad Para Padres (Parent University) which offers unique bilingual college readiness sessions to create more awareness and dialogue about opportunities for higher education. Her work in advocacy and outreach at UW-Parkside has been instrumental in the advancement of the university’s goal to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution. She is also the host and producer of UW-Parkside's very first Spanish Podcast Parkside Presente where she has covered a variety of topics including the Pandemic, guest speakers, and various interviews with local leaders.  
  • Leslie Monreal-Avina is College Navigator for UW Parkside. She is from the Southside of Milwaukee. She recently graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelors in Sociology and Spanish. As a College Navigator, she works closely with the Racine Unified School District. Their goal is to increase the college-going rates of underserved and first-generation students from our region by building partnerships with the local school districts and relevant community agencies to support prospective students and their families with the admissions process.
  • Alberto Maldonado is UW Milwaukee’s Director of the Robert Hernandez Center where he manages, plans, and develops programming for Latino students. In his 23-year trajectory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alberto has championed numerous initiatives in the areas of community outreach, admissions, multicultural recruitment, and academic advising. Included among the many things he has helped coordinate are the Annual Bilingual Open House at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the Milwaukee National Hispanic College fair, the creation of the Undocumented Student Campus Task Force and the establishment of the “Excelencia en la Musica” scholarship fund. Moreover, he has served as senior academic advisor for the College of Health Sciences, TRIO, and Pre-College programs 
  • Dr. Damira Grady is Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Oshkosh. Dr. Grady leads the development of student programs and support services in the Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. Through this work, Dr. Grady is committed to engaging in purposeful learning and dialogue, shared leadership, and action that serves to ensure a sense of community and belonging for all students–including those who are Black, Asian and/or Pacific Islander, Latino/a/x/Hispanic, and Indigenous


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