Joél Orozco Almeida it’s currently working as the Associate Director for the César Chávez Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Colorado. Joél graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU 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 currently serves as a directorate board member for NASPA’s Higher Education Administrators Undocumented and Ally’s Knowledge Community.
Higher education has provided Joél with a pathway to learning and be exposed to many diverse experiences, which is the reason why he is continuing his higher education journey by obtaining a doctoral degree in Leadership in Higher Education. While in his doctoral program he is continuing research in better understanding experiences of undocumented/DACAmented students in higher education to identify ways to better serve that population.