Lizbeth is a self-described "Chicago native, NIU alumna, first in my family to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution, and proud daughter of Mexican immigrants."
This Huskie received her undergraduate degree in community leadership and civic engagement with a minor in Latino and Latin American studies, working in Advancement after graduation before taking up her role in Admissions today.
"My transformative college experience at NIU was successful because of mentorship from my professors and advisors, who profoundly influenced my decision-making," she says. "During my time as a student, I engaged in research, participated service learning, obtained internships within the DeKalb community, and studied abroad. I devoted much of my time being civically engaged and advocating for which I was passionate about."
Today, she enjoys meeting the next generation of Huskies and offering the same kind of guidance that helped her.
"I was determined to use my degree to serve my community, to mentor and support others just as I've had people support and encourage me," she says. "No success is earned alone — my achievements where a result of the love, time and energy invested in me. I am determined to increase the visibility of marginalized populations. I am committed to follow the footsteps of my parents, who are hardworking, selfless, and resilient."
Lizbeth works with new first-year students, and her favorite part of the job is showing them how NIU's strengths complement their own personal strengths.
"I like NIU because of its efforts to be a more inclusive campus for all students, and for its commitment to helping students leave as forward-thinking leaders," she says. "NIU is great because it has all the resources to provide students with a meaningful educational experience. Within its dynamic community, you are encouraged to can be your authentic self, to be curious, to engage in experiential learning and excel academically but also value diversity and cultural experiences."