Will Escalante
TRIO Student Support Services
Over the course of his career, Will has developed expertise in the following areas: academic advising, major selection, professional writing and presentation, effective networking, community outreach, event planning, student recruitment, social science and qualitative research, and teaching.

Michigan State University, M.A., Sociology

Michigan State University, B.A., Social Relations with a Specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies


William “Will” Escalante is a bilingual (English/Spanish) educator with 10 years of experience in post-secondary education. Will began his career at Nevada State College where he worked in College Admissions, Recruitment and Academic Advising. The interactions he had with students in the Las Vegas area motivated him to pursue graduate education in order to better understand the historical and social contexts in which students live and pursue their education. During graduate school, Mr. Escalante was involved with multiple research projects that focused on topics of migration, identity development, assessing the needs of Latino/a communities, and Latino/a business ownership. These experiences reinforced his dedication to working with students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education. With the completion of his master’s degree, Will began working at NEIU in the summer of 2015. Prior to TRIO, he worked in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. As an Academic Advisor, he strives to meet students “where they are,” help them identify “where they want to go,” and develop a path to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. Will approaches each appointment with an empathetic ear and a genuine desire to help students succeed. 

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Top five strengths: Input, Woo, Connectedness, Learner, Ideation

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 410
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.