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Mayra Garces

Assistant Director

Assistant Director


  • Empathy
  • Connectedness
  • Activator
  • Arranger
  • Developer 
Mayra L. Garces is currently the Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programs.  She works with the Director of New Student and Family Programs to plan and manage programming for Wildcat Welcome, Northwestern's new student orientation program, as well as the creation and implementation of other programming for students and family members. She also oversees the recruitment, selection, and training processes for the Wildcat Welcome Board of Directors and more than 200 Peer Advisers (student orientation leaders).

She is a native of Chicago’s Rogers Park and is returning after completing her B.A. in Communication at DePauw University and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education, with an emphasis in Diversity, Equity, and Culture at Miami University.

Mayra is excited to work with the passionate and engaging students at Northwestern and is looking forward to supporting first-year students and their families as they become a part of the Wildcat community.