Suyapa Velasquez
Proyecto Pa’Lante
First-Generation College Experience, Holistic Advising Support, Individualized Success Coaching, Post-Secondary Transition and College Success Strategies.

Northeastern Illinois University

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Suyapa Velasquez is a first-generation college student, Proyecto Pa’Lante alumni, and bilingual (English/Spanish) professional with more than eight years of experience in post-secondary education. Her mission is to be able to connect with students from various cultural backgrounds in all aspects of their education through holistic advising and support that empowers them as they pursue their academic and professional goals.  

Suyapa’s professional career began here at NEIU when she worked as Recruitment Specialist in the Proyecto Pa’Lante. Her most recent experience working as an Academic Support Coach at Saint Xavier University allowed her to put into practice her knowledge gained through her Master’s program not only in providing academic support to students who were struggling academically but also as an instructor for a Student Success Academic Support course where she assisted students to develop the necessary skills for advanced learning at the college level.

Office Hours
Virtual and In Person
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.