Director : Rosa Rodriguez Williams
Rosa Rodriguez Williams is the Director of the Latino/a Student Cultural Center. As the Center’s Director, Rosa promotes recruitment and retention of Latino and Latin American students through programming that focuses on leadership development, socio-cultural experience, alumni involvement, relationship building and academic support. Along with serving as the Center’s Director, Rosa is also Chair of the EMSA Diversity Committee and Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee.
Prior to joining NU in January 2007, Rosa was the Director of Admission at the Simmons School of Social Work, where she remained for 3 years. As the Director of Admission at Simmons College School of Social Work she served on the college wide Diversity Council, the Undoing Racism and Social Justice Academy, the Simmons Marketing Council, the Simmons Multicultural Marketing Advisory Committee, and taught the First Year Experience Course to incoming freshmen. Since creating community and community outreach is her true passion, she also assisted in the development of community partnerships with The Child Welfare Institute at Salem State College, the Justice Resource Institute, BayCove Community Health Centers, Massachusetts Department of Social Services and the Home for Little Wanderers.
In addition to higher education experience, Rosa worked with inner city at risk youth in organizations such as City Year and Americorp directing both youth and multi-cultural programs. While in those roles, she implemented and directed programs that focused on volunteerism, leadership in human services, academic and professional development, and cultural competence and diversity.
Rosa holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organizing, policy, planning and administration from Boston College. She was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Assistant Director : Rebecca Elizabeth Veira
As Assistant Director of the Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LSCC), Rebecca advises students, coordinates all events/programs and marketing for the Center, and plays a key role in updating and developing the LSCC web site. Rebecca serves as advisor for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). As advisor of LASO, she recently received the prestigious Northeastern New Advisor of the Year Award. Rebecca was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rebecca moved to Boston in April, 2007 and began working at Northeastern University in June, 2007. She was always charmed by “Beantown” and as fate would have it, she married a Boston Native, whom she met in Arizona. After getting married, and losing a bet, her husband swept her off to Massachusetts. Before joining the LSCC, Rebecca worked as a Student Services Coordinator, at Arizona State University (ASU) in the College of Human services for 7 years. At ASU, Rebecca advised students and coordinated department as well as university academic and cultural events. Rebecca received both her Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Arts from ASU.
She truly enjoys working with students of all cultures in addition to sharing the tools necessary for them to succeed in this competitive world. She will often find herself learning from students as well.
Administrative Assistant: Sara Rivera
Sara has been a staff member at the LSCC since 1997, just a few months after the LSCC opened its doors at 104 Forsyth Street. In her ten years of employment, she has had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of wonderfully talented students and has been a witness to their successes. As Administrative Assistant, she works closely with both the LSCC Director and Assistant Director on programs, events, and services. Sara is the LaCLA Scholarship Liaison and Coordinator of LaCLA Peer Tutoring Programs, which are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. As Coordinator of LaCLA Sara supervises approximately 23 LaCLA scholars. She has been an active member of the Welcome Week committee for more than 4 years. Sara holds an AS in Business Administration and was recently inducted into the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society. Sara, who is now a double Husky, recently received her BS in Leadership in 2009. She has also received the VP Award for Outstanding Advisor Involvement in 2007 for her service as LASO’s advisor. She is a mother of two very smart children, in which she has instilled the importance of a college education. She feels very fortunate to work in the job that she truly enjoys. It is priceless to be in an environment that empowers students. She is proud to fulfill the university’s and LSCC’s missions.
Receptionist: Rosa Torres
Rosa Torres is the Office Assistant of the Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LSCC). She has worked at the LSCC for over 5 years. Rosa was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She moved to Boston, MA when she was a teenager. In 1999 she graduated from Charlestown High School in Charlestown Boston.
Rosa attended One with One Academy where she received a certificate in intensive administrative training. As the Office Assistant, Rosa assists the center with translations Spanish and English, manages the LSCC front desk, supervises work-study students, and is the orientation representative for the LSCC.
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