Why not Join us?

All UI employees and graduate students can request to join the Latinx Council. Just send us an email with your name, title and department to:  ui-latinxcouncil@uiowa.edu

Meet the Members

PositionCurrent appointeetitle/departmentEmail
ChairMaria Bruno, PhDExecutive Director for Belonging and Inclusion and Assistant to the VP for Student Life |
Office of the Vice President for Student Life
Vice ChairGabriela GarciaAdministrative Services Coordinator |
Office of Strategic Communication
SecretaryGabriela RiveraAssociate Director, Engagement & Belonging | Tippie College of Businessgabriela-rivera@uiowa.edu
TreasurerPaula RossAssistant Director for Career Peer Advising and Career Coach
Pomerantz Career Center
Public Relations OfficerCarolina KaufmanDirector of Education & Engagement | Pentacrest Museumscarolina-kaufman@uiowa.edu

Alejandra AlmazanFinancial Aid Advisor | Office of Financial Aid
Luis ArandaAssistant Director | Center for Inclusive and Academic Excellence (CIAE)
Eloy BarragánAssociate Professor | Department of Dance
Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, F-GSAProfessor | School of Social Work
Maria Bruno, Ph.D.Executive Director for Belonging & Inclusion, Assistant to VP for Student Life | Office of the VP for Student Life
Mario DuarteSenior Academic Advisor | Academic Advising Center
Noel Estrada-Hernández, PhD, CRCDEO, Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, Department of Counselor Education | College of Education
Jose Fernandez, Ph.D.Assistant Professor | Latina/o/x Studies
Gabriela GarciaAdministrative Services Coordinator | Office of Strategic Communication
Alex GarzaChief Resident, Department of Internal Medicine | UHIC
Rachel Garza CarreónOutreach and Research Librarian | UI Libraries
Cynthia HernandezMicrobiology Graduate Program & Communications Coordinator | Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Ana JimenezSr. Advisor & Program Coordinator | Study Abroad
José JiménezDirector of Research Information Systems | Administrative Information Systems
Carolina Kaufman, Ed.MDirector of Education & Engagement | Pentacrest Museums
Elizabeth LaraDEI Manager, Student Services | College of Public Health
Ashby MartinGraduate Student, Neuroscience - Developmental Neurolinguistics
Isandra Martínez-Marrero, MADirector of Cultural Engagement and Analytics | Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Adriana OjedaInstructional Designer | Distance and Online Education
Hellecktra OrozcoHR Coordinator | University Human Resources
Gabriela Rivera, MAAssociate Director, Engagement & Belonging, Undergraduate Programs | Tippie College of Business
Paula RossAssistant Director of Peer Advising, & Career Coach | Pomerantz Career Center
Hunter WienkeStudent Life Program Coordinator, Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) | Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE)
Armando ZavaletaLecturer | Department of Economics

Membership Rules & Guidelines

  • All faculty, staff, and graduate students belonging to the University of Iowa, regardless of identity, can request to join the Latinx Council. 
  • There is no term-limit for membership, however, members should try to attend at least 2 meetings or events per semester. It is common that inactive members are removed from the online membership list after long periods of inactivity, as well as for people to come back and re-join during times when availability increases.
  • Meeting invites are sent via Outlook Calendar to each member, and the schedule can be viewed online.
  • Employees and graduate students who are not members, but who are still interested in attending meetings are welcomed to do so. 

 Latinx Council By-Laws

To join:

Send an email to the public relations officer listed on the membership list. Include in the subject line “MEMBER REQUEST FOR LATINX COUNCIL”, and include in the email:

  • Name, Title, Department
  • Attach a photo to be used for your member profile

Executive Committee Elections:

Executive Committee Members are elected in the Spring semester every two years by a voting process available for all Latinx Council Members to participate in.

Any active member of the council can self-nominate or nominate other members to serve on the executive committee during an open election period. Nominees with the most votes will be appointed (upon acceptance) to begin service in August of the academic year.

Committee Responsibilities:

The elected committee members serve for a 2-year term, working together to organize meetings, attend additional advisory meetings with constituents and other campus thought-leaders, oversee communication between the members of the council, the latinx council listserv, and the campus community, etc.

More on the Executive Committee 


Meet monthly to network, collaborate, build community, and share our rich cultures.


Members of the Latinx Council attending the Virtual Retreat on Zoom

Collaborate with other diversity councils and leadership across campus.

Hancher - CONTRA-TIEMPO / Las Cafeteras residency

Serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership on important issues affecting campus.

DEI Forum All Campus


Support and celebrate the success of Latinx people through various opportunities throughout the year.

Judges as the Latinx Youth Summit

Make connections and share memories on and off campus.