Jesse Perez (He/Him/His) is currently the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (M.O.S.A.I.C.) and the Program Director of the LGBT+ Resource Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Aside from his staff duties, he is a Faculty Instructor for the Gateway Program Seminar in the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, an advisor to various cultural and identity-centered student organizations, and volunteers for various nonprofit organizations that provide resources and support for underserved communities. He earned a B.A. in Organizational Communication, a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies with a cultural geography emphasis, and a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education (highest distinction), all from UCCS. Jesse’s professional experience spans broadly across areas including academic advising, teaching, consulting, education-based nonprofit coordination, Federal Department of Higher Education grant coordination, developmental learning, and mentoring programs.
Jesse’s passion for providing pathways for students to higher education stems from his experiences as a first generation student from rural Southern New Mexico, and from impactful participation in various bridge to college programs such as LULAC Upward Bound and Peak Education. Jesse finds fulfillment in providing spaces for dialogue among folx with differing viewpoints around divisive or contentious issues. He is an advocate for higher education practitioners to use an intersectional lens in everything they do, and his personal research interest is understanding and raising awareness around the unique experiences of folx with intersecting identities, especially those who experience varying forms of systematic and institutional oppression.
Jesse has received numerous recognitions for his work centered around diversity, inclusion, and equity, recently being awarded the University of Colorado System President’s Staff Diversity and Inclusion Award. In his leisure time, Jesse enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with his partner, family, friends and dog children.