Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president for Student Affairs and a compassionate champion for Northwestern University students and the campus community for nearly a decade, passed away on June 3, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Read about her contributions to Northwestern.
Patricia Telles-Irvin's impact
Tireless work on behalf of students
As vice president for Student Affairs, Patricia Telles-Irvin worked to make the student experience more inclusive, welcoming and successful for all students. A psychologist by training, she guided the University’s expansion of programs for student mental health and well-being. She was also committed to ensuring all students have the resources and support they need to thrive at Northwestern, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Dedication to low-income, first-generation and undocumented students
This year, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) recognized Patricia with its Excellence in Community Service Award for her leadership and service to the Latino community. The award was given to her posthumously at the MALDEF Chicago awards ceremony June 7.
Celebration of Life Ceremony Video
On June 14, 2019 a Celebration of Life Ceremony was given on the Northwestern campus in honor of Patricia. See a video of the ceremony.
Give in her name
In 2014, Patricia Telles-Irvin established Student Enrichment Services, an office dedicated to the experience of first-generation and low-income students.
In honor of her leadership and legacy, Patricia Telles-Irvin's family and Northwestern University has established the Patricia Telles-Irvin Student Enrichment Fund.
Patricia Telles-Irvin's family asks that you contribute to this fund or the American Cancer Society.
Share your memories
We encourage members of the Northwestern community and others who have been influenced by Patricia to share your stories about her leadership, her words of wisdom and her impact on you and the University. Your words and stories will be compiled and shared with her family and friends.