Alonso Reyna Rivarola
Undocumented Immigrants and Allies KC Chair-Elect
Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Salt Lake Community College
It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my application for the position of co-chair for the NASPA Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Knowledge Community (UIAKC). I have reviewed the position responsibilities, and this is an excellent opportunity for me to apply my skillsets in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, program development, and assessment into effecting the mission and goals of NASPA. In alignment with the vision of the UIAKC, I, too, seek to be a champion for historically underrepresented student populations. It is my objective to help amplify the voices of marginalized students and staff to ensure their full participation in higher education and society.
As a first-generation, cisgender, gay, non-disabled, Latino immigrant student affairs professional, I draw from my experiences to lead in my work with passion and cultural humility. My personal, academic, and professional backgrounds have prepared me to recognize how the social identities of students are sophisticated, and the intersection of their unique identities inform how each student experiences higher education. I am grounded in the belief that it is our duty as student affairs professionals is to be student-centric. Through demonstrated outcomes, creative problem-solving skills, and commitment to student learning and success, I am prepared to fulfill these responsibilities if selected for the position.
In my current role as Assistant Director for the Office for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs at Salt Lake Community College, I have been able to apply to my office leadership and supervision model my pledge to working for the advancement of historically marginalized populations, including but not limited to undocumented (with and without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), racially and ethnically minoritized, LGBTQ+, and disabled students and staff. I am proud to say that in leading this work, I have achieved student, departmental, divisional, institutional, and even state-level policy changes to help increase the enrollment, retention and graduation of historically marginalized students in Utah. In my role I have also learned to swiftly adapt to change and respond to student needs in effective manners while meeting the various demands of my role in the institution.
In closing, I am confident in my ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position of co-chair for the NASPA UIAKC.