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Vamos Titans! Making UWO a Home for Latino Student


Panel description: This panel works from the basis that student success derives from more than just the pursuit of grades.  It will look holistically at a wide range of factors that converge to create a caring community that, then, fosters student achievement.  Panelists will discuss strategies to support Latina/o/x students from orientation to graduation.  They will explore issues such as gaining access to higher education, pathways to academic success and achievement, cultivating a sense of belonging, mentorship, students’ faith, and other social dimensions that go into creating a sense of home for Latina/o/x students.


  • Esmeralda Delgado holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is pursing a master’s degree in Public Administration. She has worked in various capacities at UW Oshkosh, most recently as the Admissions Counselor for the Latinx/Hispanic community. Thankful for the friendships/mentors she has gained during her time as a student and professionally, Esmeralda hopes to build those same relationships with students and to provide the same support, guidance and opportunities in her new role as the Academic Retention Specialist. Her goal for her students is to become strong leaders, learn how to advocate for themselves and leave as alumni of the university. During her free time, she keeps involved in her community by serving as a board member and volunteering with local organizations. She loves spending time with her family, sorority sisters and friends. 

  • Elisabeth Arguello has dedicated her career to providing access and support for education for underserved populations. As an undergraduate student, she worked with middle and high school students in the PreCollege Programs as a Resident Assistant/Tutor and Resident Hall Director.  Her first job as a college graduate was working with UMOS, Inc.a social services agency that helps the underserved and economically disadvantaged.  As part of her role at UMOS, she worked with Head Start staff and families on their education plans and professional development.  Elisabeth is currently the PreCollege Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  As the PreCollege Coordinator, she works with underserved middle and high school students throughout the State of Wisconsin.  Elisabeth has expanded the precollege programs to serve students year-round with campus visits and ACT prep programs. Elisabeth is a part of the Latinx Advisory Council at UW Oshkosh a group of Latinx/Hispanic professionals who work to promote Latinx/Hispanic initiatives at UW Oshkosh.  She is a member of the Wisconsin Coalition to Support Dreamers, which is a coalition that strives to support and provides academic, financial, and legal resources for students as well to be informed on local regulations and federal immigration legislative to better serve our immigrant communities.  She is a member of Casa Hispana which is a Hispanic Interagency group that meets to collaborate and share their support, services, and programs to better serve the community (Hispanic and others). She works with youth organizations such as NEW Scholars and Boys and Girls Clubs throughout northeast WI, Dane and Milwaukee Counties to promote higher education for underserved students. Additionally, Elisabeth received her undergraduate degree from UW Oshkosh.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and will complete her studies in May of 2022.  

  • Dr. Carlos J. Salazar believes in the academic success and achievement of all his students and supports them through guidance, development, relational aid, professional assistance, and multi-disciplinary support. Dr. Carlos formerly worked at Washington State University, where he supervised the Chicanx/Latinx Student Center and coordinated and supported various retention programs. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Dr. Carlos oversaw the former Men of Color and Latino/a/Hispanic Initiatives. Currently he now leads the new Office of Intercultural Engagement under the Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence Division where he oversees the Latinos Unidos Navigating Academics, Titan Men of Diversity, Mentorship, and Community Advocacy Programs for UWO. 


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