Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to recognize founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne Marisol Morales as a 2017 Latina of Influence. Ms. Morales along with our entire list of 2017 Latinas of Influence are invited to participate in Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2017 Latina Conference taking place April 5 – 6, 2017 in Ontario, California.

Marisol Morales is the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, a four-year comprehensive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in Southern California. In this role, she is responsible for leading and developing university-community engagement initiatives in the area of academic service learning, community engaged scholarship, and co-curricular community engagement.

Marisol Morales

Most recently, she led the efforts for the University of La Verne to receive two important national distinctions: the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, where the University of La Verne was a 2014 Finalist in the Interfaith Community Service category.

Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Ms. Morales was the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her civic work in Chicago included serving on numerous non-profit boards including Josephinum Academy, all-girls Catholic high school, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, and the Puerto Rican Agenda. In addition, Ms. Morales was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty and the Illinois Latino Family Commission, where she chaired the Education sub-committee.

Ms. Morales earned her MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University as well as her BA in Latin American/Latino Studies. She is an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2008 Executive Leadership Program, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s 2015 Regional Leadership Academy, and the 2015 Presidio Cross-Sector Leadership program. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.