Welcome to Proyecto Pa'Lante

We are an academic support services program that has historically served Latino students who demonstrate academic potential, but do not meet the general University admissions requirements. Proyecto Pa'Lante is also a University admitting body, responsible for recruiting and admitting students.

Support for Latino and first generation college students

Students in this program are given a two-year adjustment period to meet University academic requirements. They must actively participate in the assistance programs provided and show evidence of academic progress.

Students receive:

  • Guidance and support from an academic advisor until the requirements to declare a major are met.
  • Integral information about transitioning and excelling in college via 3-credit academic transition courses. 

These courses complement the program's objectives to provide personal and academic support services designed to increase scholastic achievement and persistence towards graduation. Remember that we are here to support you as you pursue your educational goals.

How to Apply/Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants for admission will meet the following academic requirements:

  • First year, first semester student

To apply, you must submit an application and fee, along with all documents and materials identified in the Freshman Applicants portion of the Northeastern admission application. For more information about the program, please call (773) 442-5460.

 

Contact Proyecto Pa'Lante

Our Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Office Staff

Evelyn Gonzalez, M.Ed.
Advisor
(773) 442-5465
E-Gonzalez10@neiu.edu

Elizabeth Villarreal, M.A.
Advisor
(773) 442-5464
E-Villarreal@neiu.edu

(773) 442-5460
(773) 442-4904
Angelica Rivera
Angelica
Rivera Ph.D.
Director
Proyecto Pa’Lante
Expertise
Dr. Rivera has extensive experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught courses in Educational Foundations, Race, Class and Diversity in the U.S. Educational System and Latina/o Studies.
Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies, History of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Arts in Educational Policy Studies, History of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Background

Dr. Rivera is a first generation college student who has served as Director of Proyecto Pa’Lante for three years.  As Director of Proyecto Pa’Lante she has taught the Proyecto Pa’Lante Seminar and oversees the recruitment, admissions, retention, advising and programming of her program.  

Additional Information

Dr. Angélica Rivera is currently working as a co-editor on a book about Latina/o Education in Chicago.    She has also volunteered in Congressman Luis Gutierrez’ Citizenship Workshops in an effort to increase civic participation. 

Office: LWH 4029
Mailing address: 5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
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Celia
Chavez
Assistant Director
Proyecto Pa’Lante

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Elizabeth
Villarreal
Advisor
Proyecto Pa’Lante

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NEIU logo
Evelyn
Gonzalez
Advisor
Proyecto Pa’Lante

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NEIU logo
Ernest
Barreras
Student Transition Coordinator
Proyecto Pa’Lante

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Angelica Rivera
Angelica
Rivera Ph.D.
Director
Proyecto Pa’Lante
Expertise
Dr. Rivera has extensive experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught courses in Educational Foundations, Race, Class and Diversity in the U.S. Educational System and Latina/o Studies.
Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies, History of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Arts in Educational Policy Studies, History of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Background

Dr. Rivera is a first generation college student who has served as Director of Proyecto Pa’Lante for three years.  As Director of Proyecto Pa’Lante she has taught the Proyecto Pa’Lante Seminar and oversees the recruitment, admissions, retention, advising and programming of her program.  

Additional Information

Dr. Angélica Rivera is currently working as a co-editor on a book about Latina/o Education in Chicago.    She has also volunteered in Congressman Luis Gutierrez’ Citizenship Workshops in an effort to increase civic participation. 

Office: LWH 4029
Mailing address: 5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.