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Mayra Garces

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

  • Where do you call home?
    • Home is Chicago's Rogers Park
  • What do you do at Northwestern?
    • I'm one of the Assistant Directors in Student Enrichment Services. I'm responsible for managing, developing, and assessing a number of programs and initiatives for the first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented /DACA students. Examples of these include Compass and Work the Room.
  • What groups/committees/communities are you a part of at NU?
    • Within CIC, I am a part of the staff committee that plans the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW). Outside of CIC I am the Academic Advisor for the Tau Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Incorporated, a multicultural organization.
  • What are you passionate about?
    • I am passionate about students accessing all opportunities they are interested in regardless of cost or other barriers. I am passionate about students learning how to navigate challenge and "failure". Most of all I'm passionate about students having a collegiate experience that facilitates thriving and empowerment through raising consciousness about self and others.
  • What are some moments/accomplishments/projects you have been proud of?
    • I am a first generation college and graduate student. Receiving my degrees was wonderful, but my mom's efforts and sacrifices to allow me to have these educational privileges is something I am very proud of. In addition, I'm proud of myself for restarting my therapy journey.
  • Where can you be found around campus?
    • I can be found at Foster Walker, House 6.
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? 
    • In my spare time I enjoy all TV and movie watching, working out, specifically Yoga & High Intensity Interval Training, walking my dog, Mowgli, and eating all foods, I'll try anything at least once.
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