Rozella Cruz

Rozella's Bio

Rozella grew up in Rogers Park (a neighborhood in Chicago) with roots in S. Korea and Guam. She is a product of the Chicago Public School system that eventually led her to earn a BA in Spanish and Communications from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH – Coretta Scott King’s alma mater and current home of Dave Chappelle (Yes, that Dave Chappelle!). She believes in collaborative work and shared governance. Her professional history in public service and higher education, spanning over 20 years, centers on the value of diverse perspectives and racial equity in teaching, advising, educational planning, as well as community engagement.  She is grateful for the lessons learned from her previous experiences studying and working abroad as well as from colleagues, mentors, and TRiO students from Malcolm X College (HBCU), St. Augustine College (HSI), Central Washington University and Green River College. Rozella is currently in preparation for the dissertation stage of her EdD program. She strongly believes in TRiO programs as they are critical partners in providing advocacy and access to education leading to degree attainment for 1st gen, low income and/or students with documented disabilities.