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Directors

Associate Director

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Jesse Silva, MA

Associate Director
js202@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
He/Him/His

 

Jesse Silva is the Associate Director in Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives in Division of University Administration at Texas State University.  In this role he supports diverse and underrepresented students including males, LGBTQIA+, veteran and military connected, students of color, first-generation, immigrant (undocumented and DACAmented) and precollege students. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Sociology and Masters of Arts in Sociology from Texas State University.  He is a doctoral student and member of the inaugural cohort in the Executive EdD in Higher Education Leadership program at University of Texas at Austin.

Assistant Director

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Dr. Toni Moreno

Assistant Director for Hispanic and First-Generation Student Retention
tm37@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
She/Her/Ella

 

Dr. Toni Moreno graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Social Work, received her Masters in Social Work in Administration and Leadership from Texas State University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. As a former TRIO Director, and current Assistant Director for Hispanic and First-Generation Student Retention, Dr. Moreno has committee her career to first-generation college student success. 

Assistant Director

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Robert Garcia, M.Ed

Assistant Director
rjg111@txstate.edu
512.245.1649
He/Him/El/Elle

 

Robert Garcia graduated from Howard Payne University with a bachelors in Communication Studies and from Angelo State University with a Masters in Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education. His professional experience primarily focuses on working with the LGBTQiA+ community as well as with first generation and Latinx student populations. He currently oversees LGBTQiA+ student initiatives at the university and is involved in multiple collaborative task forces on campus.

Coordinators

Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion

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Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick

Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
daff88@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
She/Her/Hers

 

Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Chicago State University, a Master of Arts in both Educational Technology and Educational Administration from Concordia University- Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Adult, Professional, and Community Education from Texas State University. Her dissertation was titled Namaste in Teaching: How Yoga Affects Novice Teacher Resilience.

 

Dr. Fitzpatrick joins the IIE-SI team after having spent 20 years in K-12 education and serving most recently as a School District Administrator. Student development has always been her True North. Being a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Fitzpatrick understands the importance of providing support that extends beyond the classroom and how it can make all the difference in student success.

Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoys yoga, crafting, traveling, and visiting museums.
 

Coordinator for Veteran Programs

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Jaime Rodriguez

Coordinator for Veteran Programs
jjr112@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
He/Him/His

 

Jaime Rodriguez graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He served 14 years in the United States Army as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist. He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado as a CBRN NCOIC with 4th Infantry Division and at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland on a Hazmat Response Team with 22nd Chem, Technical Escort Unit in support of SOCOM.

 

Additionally, Jaime served two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He currently serves as the Coordinator for Veteran Programs and Advisor to the Veterans Alliance of Texas State with Institutional Inclusive Excellence. He is committed to serving our student veterans and their transition. 

Administrative Assistants

Senior Administrative Assistant

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Michelle Aguilar

Senior Administrative Assistant
ma09@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
She/Her/Hers

 

Administrative Assistant

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Kirby Glass

Administrative Assistant
kdg65@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
She/Her/Hers

 

Kirby Glass is a recent Communication Studies graduate from Texas State who serves as our Administrative Assistant. Kirby is Houston native that enjoys watching and creating film. She plans on becoming a director, producer, and/or network executive with her own lot later down the road.  During Kirby’s time at the university, she has worked closely with our office on a plethora of signature programs such as, MLK Commemoration Celebration, Equality U, and Womxn of Color. In her current role, Kirby assists the office in program planning and purchasing.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion

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Lorenzo Aleman

Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion
l_a333@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
They/Them/Theirs

 

Lorenzo is the Graduate Assistant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives. They assist and work alongside our Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi/American and Multiracial students to meet their needs through programming and retention initiatives.

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Graduate Assistant for Top Scholars

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Syd Rodriguez

Graduate Assistant for Top Scholars
srodriguez@txstate.edu 
512.245.2278
She/Her/Hers

 

Syd is the Graduate Assistant for First-Generation and Underrepresented Student Retention and Top Scholars Coordinator within Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives. She works with students to understand their needs and assists them with their persistence through college.

 

TRIO Programs

Senior Director for TRIO Programs

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Ray Cordero

Senior Director for TRIO Programs & Upward Bound
rc37@txstate.edu
512.245.3838
He/Him/His

 

Ray Cordero currently serves as Senior Director for TRIO Programs at Texas State as well as Upward Bound. He holds a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State University. Mr. Cordero currently serves as the President for the Texas TRIO Association, and as a board member for the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs for TRIO. He has made TRIO his life work, serving in several leadership capacities at the state and regional levels, and has worked with the Council for Opportunity in Education on innovative programming centered around music and media engagement.

Mr. Cordero’s additional work includes a partnership with Dr. Raphael Travis in the School of Social Work that utilizes music and entrepreneurship as medians for educational access and wellbeing for first generation students.

TRIO Directors

Director of Student Support Services

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Rachael Weldon-Caron

Director of Student Support Services
rc29@txstate.edu
512.245.2275
She/Her/Hers

 

Rachael Weldon-Caron is a highly experienced administrator with over 10 years’ experience in higher education as a TRIO Director for Talent Search and Student Support Services. As the current Director for Student Support Services (SSS) and Student Support Services STEM (SSS STEM), she provides coordination, implementation, direction, and evaluation of services related to the program’s goals and objectives as well as writing grant proposals. Prior to her work at Texas State University, she worked in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Fiscal Management, Budget Development, Supervision and Staff Management and as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of her own non-profit. In addition, she authored and self-published two books, Secret Sins of the Heart, which chronicles her triumphant life’s journey from childhood to the present, and Life Beyond the Pain, a story of grief, faith, and love.

Program Coordinator Talent Search - Austin

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Liz Castañeda, M.S.W.

Program Coordinator | Talent Search - Austin
ec23@txstate.edu
She/Her/Hers

 

Since joining the staff of Texas State University in 2010, Ms. Castañeda has served in multiple capacities within Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Administration.  Liz’s current role as Program Coordinator for Educational Talent Search allows her commitment for serving vulnerable populations to be at the forefront of her daily obligations.  An active community leader, Liz has a passion for people and culture, and is dedicated to dismantling structures of oppression that prevent those two from thriving. 
 
A third-year doctoral student in the Adult, Professional and Community Education program at Texas State University, Liz also holds a BSW and an MSW with a concentration in Administrative Leadership also from Texas State University.  Her research interests include higher ed access and achievement in underserved populations, advancing diversity and social justice issues, Latina Identity formation, and community development and engagement as a public pedagogy.

Director of Talent Search - San Marcos

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