ADVISORY COUNCIL

La Casa's Advisory Council is comprised of Latinx faculty and staff at the University of Michigan.

Javier
Solorzano

Program Manager,

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

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Work with Latinx Students:

- As a Program Manager for MESA, he has worked with La Casa on many projects including ALMA, BUYA, and Latinx Heritage Month

Fun Facts:

proud chilango who loves tacos de suadero!

What do you love about La Casa?

The sense of belonging it creates for Latinx students on campus.

Teresa
Sanchez-Snell

Lecturer II & SLIP Program Coordinator,

Residential

College

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Work with Latinx Students:

- Heading the Spanish Language Internship Program

- Latinx Heritage Month Planning Committee

- Advisor for Latinidad Magazine

Fun Facts:

- First generation and her beautiful family is from Mexico City, Mexico!

- started playing the piano when she was 8 years old!

- loves to read, stop by her office and borrow a book!

What do you love about La Casa?

Brings students across campus together!

Cesar
Vargas-Leon

Program Manager,

Intergroup

Relations

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Work with Latinx Students:

- describes his role as being good company, meaning that he is open to share his frameworks, resources, tools, and experiences to help Latinx students orient themselves as holistic people at a PWI

Fun Facts:

- born in a rancho in Guanajuato, Mexico

- loves photography, being outdoors with his dogs Lalo & Kiko, and spending time with family!

What do you love about La Casa?

My favorite part about La Casa is that student leaders continue to do a phenomenal job building La Casa using assets that are otherwise disregarded within the dominant narrative.

Alexa
Lynch

Program Manager,

First-year

Experience

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Work with Latinx Students:

- Created a Latinx student club as a college advisor

- Facilitated Éxito Educativo in Lansing

- Worked for CAMP at Michigan State University

- Currently a member of PLUMA

Fun Facts:

- Enjoys traveling and exploring new places!

Favorite holiday is Halloween!

- Loves reading, buys books faster than she can finish them!

What do you love about La Casa?

The students!

Laura
Saavedra

Program Manager,

Center for

Educational Outreach

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Work with Latinx Students:

- has collaborated with La Casa several times bringing Latinx high school studentt to campus

Fun Facts:

- served four years in the Marine Corps Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps program at River Rouge High School!

- has traveled to seven different countries!

What do you love about La Casa?

This dedicated group of students work hard to provide a voice for the LatinX community at U-M and I'm proud to be a part of their ongoing efforts to unite, empower and support all!

Jesus
Espinoza

Student Success Librarian,

UM Libraries

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Work with Latinx Students:

- works with Wolverine Pathways as well as Summer Bridge students on library instruction

- co-organized My Latinx Is.. in 2018

Fun Facts:

- has traveled abroad for concerts!

- LOVES boba!

- from California!

What do you love about La Casa?

I love the space that it provides for students at UM and all that it has achieved! I'm proud of and inspired by all the work that you all do!

Evelyn
Galvan

Bias Incident Prevention & Response Coordinator,

Dean of

Students Office

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Work with Latinx Students:

- tries to stay connected through mentorship and by offering workshops and resources through her office

Fun Facts:

- loves to dance to latino music!

- enjoys spending time with family and friends!
- has two beautiful huskies!

What do you love about La Casa?

La casa provides such an important space for our community. La casa constantly motivates, inspires, and supports the community.

Laura
Sanchez-Parkinson

Assistant Director,

National Center for

Institutional Diversity

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Work with Latinx Students:

- In current role at the NCID, she focuses on finding fellowship and employment opportunities for Latinx students at Michigan

Fun Facts:

- raising her two children English-Spanish bilingual and multicultural

What do you love about La Casa?

La Casa provides not only a symbolic presence of Latinx students on campus, but also a very thoughtful structure of opportunities and resources for students at all stages in their academic journey at UM.