February 13, 2019
Janett I. Cordoves is the Co-Curricular Partnerships Manager at Interfaith Youth Core. She has served as a Pre-Conference Chair, Active Member, Escaleras Institute, Spirituality & Religion KC Communication Chair, and Journal of College and Character Social Media Associate Editor.
Besides clicking on the box within the NASPA portal and thinking it'd be beneficial to be abreast of what is occurring in the Latinx community including research and scholarship, I never felt like I joined the LKC. I did have colleagues who served in formal roles within the KC who would invite, encourage, and ask me to join them in community service projects, regional meet-ups, town hall meetings, pre-conference sessions etc... For me, the LKC was more of a space where I could speak my native language, understand the slang, hear the tambores and actually enjoy the appetizers then a member application and/or networking event. I attend networking and members only events quite frequently and this was not that. This was a place I felt and continue to feel, in the midst of a national conference/agenda/platform, a niche, a ballroom each year at NASPA national, where I could relax, enjoy, and learn.
The field chose me. I was studying applied mathematics when three brilliant and caring higher ed. professionals (Christopher Kuretich, Karen Pennington, and Felicia McGinty) came into my life and poured leadership training, love, student development, and scholarship into my world. After graduating I pursued my MA in administration and supervision, and pursued a career in higher education.
I love the ocean and find healing and tranquility in it.
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