Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin

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Maria Genao-Homs and Sandra Rodriguez

June 5, 2019

Good Morning, Colegas,


As shared yesterday by NASPA president, Dr. Kevin Krueger, the Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community is saddened by the passing of Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin. Patricia, vice president of student affairs at Northwestern University, was recognized and beloved in student affairs. She was particularly important to the Latinx/a/o student affairs community having served as NASPA's first Latina President (what is now the Chair of the NASPA Board). Patricia's unyielding drive to create an accessible, supportive and inclusive campus culture is evident in the legacy she leaves behind as she served as mentor, colleague and friend to many.


In a 2015 NASPA blog written by Dr. Angela Batista, current NASPA Board Chair-Elect and then national chair of the Latino/a Knowledge Community, Patricia spoke of how her family values and bicultural experience influenced her approach to her roles in student affairs stating that, "Access to higher education is essential. I strive to make sure that students who want to go to college can do so. It is about opening doors for others." About the value of modeling and mentorship, she added, "We (Latino/as) need more role models that embrace both parts of who we are. It is important for students to know someone like us has reached this level..." 


We extend our heartfelt condolences to Patricia's family and to her work community at Northwestern. We have lost a titan. Patricia's legacy and lessons now live in the many people she mentored and guided. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to shine in the bright light of her star. Our profession is made better because she was here.


Patricia's family and Northwestern University have established an enrichment fund in honor of her leadership and commitment to ensuring students, regardless of financial circumstances, can thrive at Northwestern. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to the Patricia Telles-Irvin Student Enrichment Fund or the American Cancer Society.

With Care,

Maria Genao-Homs and Sandra Rodriguez

National Co-Chairs, Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community 

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