Joél Orozco Almeida (he/him/él) is the Associate Director for the César Chávez Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Colorado. Joél graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science in 2012 and The University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in Student Affairs Administration in 2015.
Joél was born in the state of Chihuahua México and moved to the United States when he was 15 – years old. Shortly after Joél graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2012, he was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and currently holds that status. Also, Joél is currently a doctoral student seeking a degree in Higher Education Leadership and Human Resources from Colorado State University. While in his doctoral program Joél is continuing research in better understanding experiences of undocuqueer students in higher education with the goal of contributing to the literature on best practices to better serve this population.