El Centro's Hours of Operation

Fall 2021

  • 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

For more information, call (773) 442-4080/4086 or email elcentro@neiu.edu.

Contact Information

Address

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

Phone

(773) 442-4080

Email

elcentro@neiu.edu

(773) 442-4080
(773) 442-4085
Maria Luna-Duarte, Ph.D.
Maria
Luna-Duarte
Ph.D.
Director
El Centro
Expertise
Maria works with Latinx in higher education, policy studies, analysis, and evaluation.
Education

University of Illinois at Chicago,
Policy Studies in Urban Education, Ph.D. 

Northeastern Illinois University,
Higher Education and Leadership, M.A. 

Northeastern Illinois University,
Sociology, B.A. 

Background

Currently, Maria Luna-Duarte, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Northeastern Illinois University El Centro. She states, "I have the privilege to be a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of El Centro programs and services." 

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago , IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Maria (Rebeca) Lamadrid-Quevedo
Rebeca
Lamadrid-Quevedo
Assistant Director
El Centro
Expertise
Academic Affairs
Education

North Park University
Community Development, M.A

Universidad La Salle del Bajio
Mass Media Communications, B.A.

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago , IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours may vary during the semester.
11 a.m-7 p.m
Mimi Crespo smiles at the camera.
Mimi
Crespo
Coordinator of Learning Resource Center
El Centro
Expertise
Mimi connects students with the academic support they need to succeed in college. To better assist and understand students’ struggles in the classroom, Mimi returned to NEIU to study Trigonometry, Calculus and Introduction to Advanced Mathematics.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University,
Master in Business Administration, M.B.A.

Northeastern Illinois University,
Bachelor of Science in Finance, B.S.

Background

Before becoming Coordinator, Mimi volunteered as a Math Peer Leader for Northeastern's Math Enrichment Workshop Program. During summers at El Centro, she creates interactive workshops for students enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program, focusing on team-building and college transition. She enjoys interviewing students, learning about their amazing accomplishments, and editing their success stories for the El Centro Newsletter.

ELC 132
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Lizett C. Galan smiles at the camera.
Lizett
C.
Galán
Coordinator of Student Success and Social Media
El Centro
Expertise
Lizett works toward creating equal opportunities for students. She provides students with resources and guidance so they can reach their full potential.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University,
Graduate student in the Master of Higher Education Literacy, Leadership and Development

Northeastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts and Science in Sociology and English

Harold Washington College, Associate of Arts 

 

 

Background

Lizett is a first-generation college graduate and former Chicago Public Schools student. She has many years advocating for post-secondary education and guiding students through the many challenges they face when transiting to college. She wholeheartedly believes the wise words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Denise E. Roman smiles at the camera.
Denise
E.
Torres-Velasquez
Financial Aid Coordinator
El Centro
Education

Northeastern Illinois University,
Graduate student in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

Northeastern Illinois University,
Psychology, B.S.

Background

Denise is passionate about supporting students in achieving their goals in higher education. She has more than 10 years experience at NEIU, as a former advisor in Proyecto Pa'Lante, recruiter, and now Financial Aid Coordinator at El Centro. She believes that every person's story is valuable and unique, serving as a platform from which he/she can soar to new heights in pursuing a degree at NEIU.

ELC 132
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours may vary during the semester.
Alma Hernandez
Alma
Hernández
Office Support Associate
El Centro
Expertise
Helping students with questions and concerns.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University, 
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Background

I oversee the El Centro administrative suite office. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids and baking.

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Veronica Rodriguez
Veronica
Rodriguez
Office Support Associate
El Centro
Expertise
Performs a wide range of administrative and office support activities for the department and upper management to facilitate the efficient operation of the University. Assists students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large with any questions and/or concerns. Has been with NEIU as a student and staff for over 20 years combined.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University,
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art

Robert Morris College,
Associate in Applied Science, Computer Systems

Background

First-generation college graduate and former CPS student. Played the flute in the marching and concert band while in high school and likes all music genres. Enjoys a good book and paints/draws to relax (a Pinterest enthusiast). Loves to spend time with her two children, family, and friends.

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Cynthia Ceron smiling at the camera
Cynthia
Ceron
Office Support Associate
El Centro
Expertise
Serve as an advocate for students and provide excellent service to the NEIU community.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University,
Higher Education and Leadership, M.A. 

Northern Illinois University,
Sociology, B. A. 

Wright College,
Associate of Arts 

Background

Cynthia is a first-generation college graduate and former Chicago Public Schools student. She aspires to become an administrator in higher education to directly assist and advocate for students. In her current role she assists students with any questions and requests; she is responsible for providing the best customer service at the El Centro's front desk. In her downtime she enjoys Pinterest and spending time with her son.

El Centro
Northeastern Illinois University
3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours vary during the semester.
Christina Cogswell smiles into the camera
Christina
Cogswell
Information Services Librarian
El Centro
Expertise
Helping students make sense of informational resources.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University, 
Master of Arts in History, M.A

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 
Master of Science in Library and Information Science, M.S.L.I.S.

Northeastern Illinois University, 
Bachelor of the Arts in History, B.A

 

Background

I oversee the El Centro Library and Learning Resource Center. In my free time, I enjoy cooking with my husband and hanging out with our dog. 

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Joel Rangel
Joel
Rangel
Library Specialist
El Centro
Expertise
Helping students navigate databases, internet resources, and other support systems.
Education

University of Montana, Bachelor of Science in Resource Conservation

Background

I help oversee the El Centro Library and Learning Resource Center. I am a huge fan of outdoor education and late night diners.

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Office Hours
Hours may vary during the semester.