Leadership Profiles

Director

hugo teruel

Hugo Teruel

hugot@uic.edu

I am Hugo Teruel. I am the Director of LARES and oversee the program to provide the best educational experience possible to our students. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Composition from Roosevelt University. I have performed and collaborated with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Associate Director

luis duarte

Luis Duarte

luisd@uic.edu

My name is Luis Duarte. I have a B.A. from De Paul University and a M.A from Northeastern Illinois University.  Before coming to UIC, I worked in the community helping Latinx students for over thirteen years. I advise students majoring in pre-law, pre-social work, criminal justice, political science, engineering and math. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I also love music, going to concerts, sporting events, and listening to really good jokes.

Assistant Director

Areli Castañeda

Areli Castañeda

acasta2@uic.edu

My name is Areli Castañeda.  I have a Master’s in Business Administration from UIC and a M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my daughter, family and friends.

Assistant Director

Jennifer Juárez

Jennifer Juárez

jjuare2@uic.edu

My name is Jennifer Juárez I have a Master’s in Education in Youth Development and a B.A. in Communications from UIC. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Educational Psychology program at UIC.  In my spare time I volunteer at several education and art non-profit organizations in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods. I enjoy traveling, exploring cultures and new music.