Sandra is a former teacher, community organizer, and doctoral student. She worked as a high school Spanish teacher in Aurora, having advocated for students affected by immigration and educational issues that impacted their experience and held educational stakeholders accountable. She is the oldest daughter of Salvadoran migrants, having fled the country’s civil war in 1992 while her mother was three months pregnant. She is the first in her family to pursue a doctoral program and the first to graduate from university in the U.S. Likewise, she is a Ph.D. student at Illinois State University, studying educational administration and foundations in order to pass on knowledge to her community and ultimately work with students as they navigate opportunities for advanced degrees.
She wants to make WCC equitable for all students. Sandra understands being a student during COVID and is determined to alleviate the stress students and faculty are facing during this time. Her interest is not making a career out of politics. Her career is in higher education and the board needs someone with that perspective. With that said, her priorities include bringing the student and faculty voice to the table; holding the administration and the Board of Trustees accountable along with decision-making information being transparent to the public; and lastly, keeping tuition affordable to increase retention at the institution. Sandra is looking forward to advocating for the needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Waubonsee Community College and working with and for the campus community.