Q&A with Ilianna Velez
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Ilianna Velez, assistant director, works in the Multicultural Resource Center. There, she leads initiatives promoting cross-cultural understanding and implements programs and services that support diversity and inclusion on campus. She began her role in August 2019.
Get to know more about Velez in this Q&A.
Describe your role in six words.
Educator, mentor, diversity, equity, inclusion
What’s the best advice someone gave you?
A moment of sacrifice for a lifetime of paradise
What’s your favorite place on Earth?
Puerto Rico, because I used to live there during my childhood; it's home for me. The food, music, beach, and overall culture of the island is amazing.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Hot Cheetos; I should really stop eating them, but they're so good.
Do you have a favorite concert?
Beyonce and Jay-Z in their On the Run Tour
What’s your most regrettable fashion choice?
Platform gym shoes. I was young and not tall enough to ride certain rides at Cedar Point, so I wore those shoes hoping it would help. It didn't.