Rosa Isela Cervantes

Director of El Centro de la Raza
University of New Mexico

Rosa Isela Cervantes received her Master’s Degree in Family Studies and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. She is a strong advocate for students and has worked in education for 18+ years. Currently, she serves as Director for El Centro de la Raza, the premier institution devoted to the empowerment, transformation and development of underrepresented, migrant and Latino students at the University of New Mexico. Over the years Rosa has served in various leadership positions in state and national associations and served as the Program Operations Director of the Outreach Initiatives for UNM’s College Enrichment and Outreach Programs (CEOP) where she was very involved in TRiO and OME programs. The focus of CEOP is to serve first generation, low income and underrepresented students. She is the Special Advisor to the President on Latino Affairs and serves as Principle Investigator for the High School Equivalency Program and the College Assistance Migrant Program programs serving students from migrant and seasonal farm-working backgrounds.