Leadership Profiles


hugo teruel

Hugo Teruel


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


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


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


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.