Senior Araceli Ibarra Avalos recognizes that the University of Northern Iowa is doing everything it can to create a diverse, global environment for the students and staff of its campus.
Araceli Ibarra Avalos
Ibarra Avalos is one of many students who are helping the university become more diverse, as she is involved with the Hispanic-Latino Student Union (HLSU), the Ethnic Student Promoters (ESP) and the International Students Association (ISA) during her time at UNI. All three organizations help promote and make the university a better place for people of multi-cultural backgrounds.
“I think it is important to let people know about our culture and not be excluded,” said Ibarra Avalos.
She wants everyone to know that students from different cultures within the United States, as well as international students, attend UNI.
One of the many things Ibarra Avalos does with the organization is help plan the Latino Ball, one of the HLSU’s biggest events of the year. Through this experience, Ibarra Avalos has directly seen the university’s efforts to raise awareness for different cultures and diversity around campus.
“I think UNI is very helpful,” Ibarra Avalos noted. “I think UNI does a great job of promoting other cultures, and helping out organizations with funding for their events.”
Ibarra Avalos, whose family moved from Mexico when she was young, has been able to devote her time to making UNI a more culturally aware campus because of the scholarships she receives. She is the recipient of the Alderman and Phillip J. Pirages Academic Excellence Scholarships.
“I appreciate it a lot because it means I don’t have to work twice as hard to pay for college,” said Ibarra Avalos. “I’m sure all the other students are very thankful, too. I’ve been able to live the UNI experience, attend events on campus and improve my ability to get good grades.”
Ibarra Avalos is a Family Services major from Marshalltown, Iowa, who plans to attend graduate school upon receiving her degree from UNI. If you are interested in providing scholarship for students like her, please visit http://www.uni-foundation.org.