2021-2022 CoCEAL President Elect & Secretary
CoCEAL President Elect
Andrea Rascón, She, Her, Hers
College Career & Success Advisor at KIPP Colorado Schools
Andrea Rascón (she/her/hers) is currently working as a College Success and Career Advisor in the KIPP through College and Career with KIPP Colorado Schools. She also oversees the Puentes Scholarship Program – an opportunity that provides financial support and wrap-aound services for DACA & Undocumented students persisting in college into their careers. Having grown up in the Territory of the Ute Native nations, she earned her B.S. in Human Services from University of Northern Colorado and M.S. in Higher Education from Penn State University. Her previous experiences include student engagement and leadership, educational equity, empowering womxn of color, and facilitation around leadership and social justice. She has earned completion credentials for LifeBound Coaching, CCA’s Inclusive Excellence Champion training, Effective Teaching Practices for the Association of College and University Educators and has also served as a cluster facilitator for LeaderShape’s LatinX Institute. Andrea’s journey has evolved into decolonizing and healing in community, which in education is demonstrated in providing holistic support to first-gen college students and immigrants to the US as well as limited-income students of color. Outside of work, she loves spending time con su familia, caring for her plantitas, drinking too much coffee and listening to Bad Bunny or Anderson Paak.
Sydney Pedregon, She, Her, Hers
Interim Director of Student Life at Community College of Aurora
Sydney Pedregon (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Interim Director for the Office of Student Life at Community College of Aurora (CCA). Previously, Sydney served as a COSI Grant Coordinator for the Community for Excellence at Colorado State University. Sydney was born and raised in Colorado and grew up in Commerce City, Colorado. She is a proud community college graduate of Front Range Community College where she received her Associates of General Studies in (2015). From there, Sydney went on to receive her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University (2015) and Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership (2019). During Sydney’s five years of service in student affairs and higher education, she has focused on creating inclusive spaces and advocating for the needs of diverse students, particularly when it comes to removing and reducing barriers for students of color and dismantling spaces rooted in whiteness. Sydney is a current member of the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinxs (CoCEAL) and serves on the CCA’s LGBTQ+ Task Force, Black Lives Matter Task Force, Hispanic Serving Institute Committee and the Latinx Faculty/ Staff Association. Outside of work, she enjoys bike rides, camping, kayaking, spending time with her puppies, and re-watching Grey’s Anatomy every chance she gets.