Meet Ana Velazquez, IGNITE's 22-23 Chicago Fellow

Ana Velazquez is IGNITE’s Chicago Fellow. She graduated from Bradley University in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Community Wellness and a minor in Health. At Bradley University, she served as President of the Association of Latin American Students, Student Activities Budget Review Committee, and the Latinx Caucus. After graduating, she became involved with the Bradley Alumni International Latino Association and serves as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator. In May 2022, Ana graduated with her Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Northern Illinois University (NIU). While at NIU, she was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI). Ana served on various planning committees for campus conferences including the One-Day Conference, Student Affairs 101 Conference, and the annual People’s Organizing Weekend Empowerment Retreat (POWER). She interned at the Office for Undocumented Student Support and for a DEI organization where she researched various historical DEI events and produced social media content for the organization. This semester, she is teaching an Intro to Latino Studies course at NIU. Most recently, she was hired as the Assistant Director of Social Justice Education under the same ADEI Office. Ana is a proud first-generation, Latina, from a mixed-status household, and tía of three nephews and one niece. For Chicago inquiries, please contact

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