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Dr. Gioconda "Gio" Guerra Pérez Ph.D.

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Director, La Casa Cultural Latina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Born and raised in Panama, Gioconda Guerra Pérez joined La Casa in August 2013.

Before joining La Casa, she served as visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS) School of Education and as Socio-Cultural specialist for the New Neighbors Center at IUS. She has taught courses on multicultural education, current social issues in education, and intercultural relations. She has developed and delivered professional development/workshops on issues related to institutional barriers affecting Latino/a college students; undocumented/DACA students: policies and practices; as well as intersectionality and identity.

Gio has also developed curricula for K-12 schools to work with Latino families and English Language Learners (ELL). She has provided professional development for K-12 teachers on issues related to ELL and Latino/a students and their cultures.

She received an M.A. in sociology and communication and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and organizational development, both from the University of Louisville. She attended the Universidad de Panamá, where she studied journalism. Her professional and personal interest has been finding ways to help Latino students achieve higher education.