Announcement: Latinx Resource Center Director

Announcement from Student Life and Leadership:

Adeli 183x300, UCI Office of Inclusive ExcellenceDear UCI Community:

We are excited to announce adelí durón as the inaugural Director for the upcoming Latinx Resource Center opening this Fall 2019! Through the interview process, adelí stood out from the strong pool of candidates with her clear, inclusive vision for the Latinx Resource Center, demonstration of passion, knowledge, advocacy, and collaborative spirit.

As a new identity and cultural-based center, the Latinx Resource Center will play a valuable role in advancing the campus’ designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and directly serving and supporting Latinx students. This position institutionalizes and validates the campus’ commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, and movement toward social equity.

Please help us in welcoming adelí into this new position and opportunity. She will begin this new role on September 1, 2019, transitioning from her current role as Director of the Veteran Services Center.

adelí was the founding Director for Veteran Services Center and helped launch and grow the Center this past decade. Some highlights of the success of adelí as a leader and Director includes increasing staffing, securing grants related to the Warrior-Scholar Summer Program, student scholarships, elevating the accomplishments of veterans with the Veteran Appreciation Dinner, and establishing UCI as the Convener for the Orange County Veteran & Military Families Collaborative.

In addition to her work as the Director of the Veteran Services Center, adelí has over ten years of leadership and mentorship in the Chicano/Latino Staff Association (CLSA), and has served as co-chair of the Latinx Resource Center Advisory Board and as a founding committee member for the Latino Excellence Achievement Dinner.

I would like to thank the search committee for their contributions in the search and participation in the interview process led by Chair Santana Ruiz as well as faculty/staff/students Andres Bustamante, Ruth Ortega, Àdísà Àjàmú, Jose Sanchez, Jessica Ortega, sara sheikh-arvizu and Tiffany Fuentes. Lastly, I would like to especially thank our student leaders and organizations for their dedication to establishing the Latinx Resource Center, as well as their leadership, support, and participation in moving this process forward.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting adelí in this new role and we are excited about the future work serving our Latinx students!

Rameen A. Talesh, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life & Leadership
Dean of Students