Hugo Teruel : Director

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.

Luis Duarte : Associate Director

Luis Duarte

Associate Director

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.

Areli Castañeda : Assistant Director

Areli Castañeda

Assistant Director

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.

Jennifer Juárez : Assistant Director/ Advisor

Jennifer Juárez

Assistant Director/ Advisor

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.

Advising Assignments:

  • Communication
  • Criminology, Law, & Justice
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Political Sciences

College Of Education

  • Human Development & Learning
  • Urban Education

Pre-Professional Advising

  • Pre-Law
Terry Mankus : Academic Skills Specialist in Math

Terry Mankus

Academic Skills Specialist in Math

I am Terry Mankus the ASP math Instructor and tutor. I hold a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from UIC. I played hockey at UIC (both at the college and semi-professional levels). I also play golf, exercise, watch TV, and tell really bad jokes.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Academic Skills Program (ASP): Math Instructor


Mitzi Ramos : Academic Skills Specialist in English

Mitzi Ramos

Academic Skills Specialist in English

My name is Mitzi Ramos. I teach the English Academic Skills Program (ASP) courses and tutor students with their writing. I am also the Summer Transition and Enrichment Program Coordinator. I hold a BA in English Literature & Language and Foreign Languages & Literature (concentration in Spanish) from Western Illinois University, an MPA from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UIC.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Academic Skills Program (ASP): English Composition Instructor
Annette De La Torre : Advisor

Annette De La Torre


My name is Annette De La Torre. I have a double B.A in Applied Psychology and Sociology from UIC. I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant for the state of Illinois. I advise students who are interested in pursuing a degree in nursing, health sciences and medicine. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, listening to music, and spending quality time with family and friends. Fun fact about me is I love chocolate!


Advising Assignments:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Pre-Medicine
Iliana Miranda : Advisor

Iliana Miranda


My name is Iliana Miranda.  I have a B.A in English from UIC. I advise students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the health sciences or nursing, as well as students who are undecided.  In addition, I advise students seeking admission to UIC. During my free time I enjoy being out and about, spending time with loved ones while exploring the various things the city has to offer.

Advising Assignments:

  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology

Pre-Professional Advising

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre- Public Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Public Health
  • Pre-Social Work
Gerardo Martinez : Advisor

Gerardo Martinez


My name is Gerardo Martinez and I hold a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My huge involvement in Greek life and student organizations allow me to provide insightful information about how wonderful UIC is. I enjoy providing information to current, prospective and future college students, as well as assisting them with any of their educational goals. In addition, I love exploring Chicago and the wonderful historical sites that shaped this city.

Advising Assignments:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish

College of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information and Decision Science
  • Management
  • Marketing


Omare Villagrana : Advisor

Omare Villagrana


My name is Omare Villagrana and I have a Master in Business Administration from UIC Liautaud School of Business. I find fulfillment in helping my students achieve their personal and professional goals. I keep in mind that we all have stories and each story is filled with experiences that make the individual unique.

Advising Assignments:

College of Engineering

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts

  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Music
  • Theatre

Students enrolled as Undecided/Undeclared without a pre-professional track