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Suyapa Velásquez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and a Master in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, both from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to over 5 years of experience working in the higher education world at Northeastern Illinois University, her professional background also includes working with high school students as a Special Education and English Language Learners Paraprofessional at ASPIRA Business and Finance high school. She has provided academic support to high school students and guided those who are transitioning to their post-secondary education.

Velásquez is very energetic, passionate and committed to helping students of various cultural backgrounds navigate the higher education world, as she has a clear understanding of the many difficulties they may encounter when navigating post-secondary education. She considers communication and collaboration two important components in building institutional support for transitioning students.

Velásquez loves spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys physical fitness, listening to varieties of music and watching personal growth videos. She also loves learning about people's cultures.