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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) thanks Xris Macias for serving as the Dream Center director and wishes him well on his next endeavors as part of the leadership team of Future in Design. During his tenure, Xris created four new scholarships managed internally by the Dream Center; acquired a $150,000 grant from the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation; aided in the creation of two new Dream centers in Nevada and Iowa; and helped award over $100,000 dollars in scholarships to undocumented students, mixed-status students, and allies. Xris’ passion and dedication allowed for his leadership to flourish through his advocacy. His visible and contagious commitment to students is part of the legacy he leaves with the University of Utah. His last day was on February 15, 2022.

Over the last few weeks, the Dream Center team has been working closely with EDI in identifying the interim director and outlining a plan to continue to support DACA/mented, undocumented, and allied students during this transition. The Dream Center will continue to ensure the immigrant student population is served, as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion begins a national search for a Dream Center director. Raquel Cetz Tamayo, current Program Coordinator for the Dream Center, will serve as interim director starting on March 7, 2022, and will work closely alongside Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Raquel Cetz Tamayo

Interim Director, Dream Center

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A first-generation graduate, Raquel Cetz Tamayo (She/Ella/Ko’olel) is a proud daughter of immigrants and a DACAmented professional. She is a proud California State University, Northridge alumna who double majored in Political Science: Law and Society and Chicana/o/x Studies. Raquel is honored to work for the University of Utah’s Dream Center and understands how student advocacy, intentional community-building, and trust are necessary in order to ensure the immigrant student population is holistically supported.

Raquel is passionate about ensuring intergenerational efforts are done to bring dignity, respect, and recognition to immigrant communities, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Dream Center in this capacity. EDI thanks Raquel for her time, passion, and leadership during this transition.

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