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Rivera joins K-State's College of Human Ecology as Coordinator for Academic Services and Diversity

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MANHATTAN -- To Madai Rivera, diversity means that differences among people are valued and appreciated.

As new coordinator for academic services and diversity in Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, Rivera will continue the campaign to draw a wider variety of students to its programs.

"I'm that student who I will recruit," she said.

Rivera grew up in Juarez, Mexico, speaking only Spanish. When she was in the sixth grade, her parents moved to Dodge City. After high school, Rivera was awarded a K-State scholarship.

As an undergraduate student, she worked with students in the university's office of academic services and coordinated the Peer Mentor Program.

Rivera received a degree in elementary education and taught Spanish at three Manhattan elementary schools: Lee, Roosevelt and Wilson. She loved the experience, she said, and learned the names of all 350 of her students.

She recently completed a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at K-State.

Rivera is the first on both sides of her family to earn a college degree, she said. But she isn't the last. She recruited her brother and sister to K-State. Carlos Rivera is a junior in sociology and prelaw, and Luz Rivera is a junior in communication sciences and disorders.

"Madai Rivera is a great addition to the College of Human Ecology administrative team. The focus of her work will be on student recruitment and retention," said Virginia Moxley, dean of the college. "She is very well prepared to lead this work. She will be an advocate and coach for our current students, and a wise and compassionate representative to prospective students."

Rivera is the daughter of Carlos and Cecilia Rivera, Dodge City.

Source: Madai Rivera, mri5555@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519, jpm2@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, and is filed under College News.