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Evelyn Ortega

March 20, 2019

Evelyn Ortega is the Assistant Director at The City College of New York (CUNY) and is the LKC Region 2 Representative.

Why did you join the LKC?

I joined the LKC because when I first went to a NASPA conference it was the national one and it felt overwhelming and lonely. I was able to go to one of the lunches the LKC put together and it felt like home when I sat at the table. Even though I had just met everyone when I sat down it was very welcoming. Later on I got to meet members from my region at future conferences and was lucky enough also to be a part of the inaugural cohort for the 2015 Escaleras Institute. This allowed me to meet Angela, Mary Jo and others highly involved with the LKC which inspired me to do more by choosing to join a committee to get more involved with the LKC. Now I am a regional rep and it excites me to get others motivated to join and engage with all of us. Seeing their faces light up at events and making connections is worthwhile.

Why did you choose your Higher Ed career path?

I chose the higher ed career path because I loved my time in college and had some amazing people that helped me out as an undergraduate student. All of those people worked at either my undergraduate institution or surrounding colleges I would visit with my friends. They always took the time to help the students and genuinely cared to make a difference. They helped me get out of my shell and when I needed assistance they were always there to guide me. I wanted to be able to do the same and be part of the amazing energy you feel on a college campus when engaging with students and helping them develop leadership skills outside of the classroom.

Share with us a fun fact. It can be silly, funny, random, or anything you want to make it.

Fun fact about me is that I love art in regards to drawing and sketching. I applied and was accepted into an art school but chose to do what I thought was a more traditional route. I still love art presently and thus if I ever have free time (which as a doctoral student is non-existent presently lol) then I like to take out my sketch notebook and draw anything that comes to mind from my imagination.

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