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LSSO Welcomes New Latina/o Staff to Cornell

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Evelyn Ambriz

Evelyn Ambriz is a first generation college graduate. She received her B.S. in Development Sociology and her MPA in Social Policy focusing on policy evaluation, and diversity and inclusion within higher education along with a minor in Latinx Studies from Cornell University in 2011 and 2015, respectively. As a student at Cornell, she held numerous leadership positions within ΛΘΑ, the Multicultural Greek Letter Council, the Cornell Latin America Student Society, and was an advisor for Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (B.O.S.S). Prior to her role as Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI), Evelyn has worked in the financial services industry, within career services, and as an advisor to graduate students. In addition to her role in the office of the Dean of Students, she continues to conduct research on community formation and inclusion and diversity best practices. She is passionate about supporting all students in their collegiate environments, particularly predominantly white institutions (PWIs), and strives to develop and provide inclusive, revolutionary, & additive spaces of empowerment.

Catherine Ramirez

Catherine Ramírez was born and raised in New Jersey. She obtained her Bachelor's in both Psychology and Spanish and her Master of Education in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As an undergraduate student she was a research assistant for the Graduate School of Education, an orientation leader, and served on the state board for an international volunteer organization. Catherine has previous experience advising student organizations, creating workshops for first-generation college students,  planning large-scale community service events, and teaching a seminar for transfer students.  Catherine joined Cornell in 2015 as the Residence Hall Director for the Latino Living Center.

Angélica Keen

Angélica Keen is originally from a border-town called Laredo, TX. She obtained both her Bachelor's in Public Administration and Spanish and Masters of Education at Texas State University-San Marcos. Angelica has worked with a variety of communities through being a TRIO student herself, a member of a Multicultural Greek letter sorority (Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc), served on an MGLC executive board during her undergraduate career, advised and educated multiple sorority chapters throughout Texas and NY, and as a professional served on a Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee at Stony Brook University.

Angélica came to Cornell in June 2012 as the Residential Hall Director for Clara Dickson Hall and Multicultural Living Learning Unit and coordinated a variety of programs, bus trips, and led the community in re-establishing McLLUnity Nights for Fall 2013. In Summer 2013, she stepped in as the Residence Hall Director for the Latino Living Center and Residential Programs Liaison for the Prefreshmen Summer Program. During her time at Cornell, Angélica worked and served on multiple committees in many areas of student services including advising student organizations, First Year Parent's Weekend and is a co-founder of MOVEMENT: Professional Development Institute. Further, Angélica received recognition for her commitment to supporting underrepresented students by being honored with the "Rosa Dorada Award" from La Unidad Latina –Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, INC, Residence Hall Director of the Year 2014 & 2015, and the Tomas Bautista Mapúa Award for being an Outstanding OADI Staff Partner.

Angélica currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity Programs in Engineering since March 2015 where she advises the Society for Hispanic and Professional Engineers, works with the Robert L Ryan Scholars Program, CUEMPower Mentoring program, the Engineering Summer Scholars Program, and the Cornell University Engineering Success Program.

Monique Posadas

In December of 2014, Monique Posadas joined the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI). She serves as the Coordinator and Academic Counselor for the program. Monique received her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University, where she was a McNair Scholars Graduate Fellow. At San Jose State University (SJSU), she received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science, with a minor in Complementary and Alternative Health. She was a McNair Scholar at SJSU for two years. More recently, she co-founded the first east coast chapter of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), Women Active in Letters and Social Change. Monique is passionate about social justice issues and wants nothing more than to see her students thrive and achieve their goals.

Summer Garcia

Summer Garcia is originally from New Mexico and completed her BS in Psychology and Sociology at Eastern New Mexico University. She initially planned to be the Ken Jennings of Rock & Roll Jeopardy! but when cancellation of the show made that dream impossible to pursue, she relocated to the east coast and completed her MEd in Counseling and Human Services at Lehigh University. She then returned to the Southwest to complete her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. Prior to joining CAPS in 2012 she completed her pre-doctoral internship at New Mexico State University, where she specialized in counseling with LGBT-identified students.

Summer has worked in both community and college mental health and her interests include early generation college students, diversity and multiculturalism, relational and sexual subcultures, and sexual trauma and recovery. She also participates in Let’s Talk as well as CAPS’ group therapy program.

Florencia (Flor) Ardon

Florencia (Flor) Ardon was born in the heart of Mexico, in a beautiful colonial city, Queretaro, which was honored as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. She studied Animal Science in her hometown, but after a few years working in the private sector she moved to Germany for graduate school, where she specialized in animal reproduction. Flor's dissertation earned her the annual "Joachim und Irene Hahn Young Researcher Award."While in Germany, she met and married her husband, who is originally from Oklahoma, and after her PhD they went to live in Mexico for five years as Flor worked first on a postdoc in a very rainy city in central Mexico, and then as a university professor in a city located in the desert, on the border with California. They moved to Ithaca in 2010 with their two children where Flor started her career at Cornell as a researcher, working as a postdoc at the College of Veterinary Medicine for four years. As a researcher, Flor published several peer-reviewed articles, was a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2014. However, since Flor really enjoys interacting with students on a daily basis, and believes her skills and life experience can be useful to Cornell undergrads, she decided to transfer to a position outside research, and has been working as the advisor for the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees since October of 2014.In addition to her current position, Flor participates in outreach by volunteering as a Spanish translator for the project "Celebrate Urban Birds" at the Lab of Ornithology, blogging about human reproduction and autism, taking part in different activities as a member of the Latino Civic Association and of the Ithaca Special Education PTA. Flor enjoys walking through our gorges, trails and parks with her family and feels right at home in Ithaca.