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Meet CLAVE Coordinators

The CLAVE Coordinators are Latino admission volunteers available to answer your questions about life at Northwestern.

Read more about the CLAVE Coordinators here, and email one today to get connected to a penpal! 

Lizet Alba

Class of 2016


Hometown: Carpentersville, IL

Major/Minor/Certificate: Journalism, Spanish, and possible IMC certificate

Extra-Curriculars: Alianza, H/LSA Freshman Activities Board, Noticiero Northwestern

Hobbies: Reading, eating, shopping, listening to music, playing the violin

Favorite thing about NU: There is always a fun event, activity, or program happening on campus. It's impossible to be bored!

Fun fact: My wrists can crack continuously, forever, seriously.

Goals for life: Work for Univision and contribute to the Latino community, all while visiting as many countries as possible during my lifetime.

Xiomara Contreras

Class of 2017


Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major/Minor/Certificate: Communication Studies

Extra-Curriculars: Promote 360, Sustained Dialogue, Junior Achievement Instructor

Hobbies: Painting, drawing, writing memoirs, watching movies, playing softball

Favorite thing about NU: Even though there are 8,000 students on campus, I can still find a community that supports me. It's small enough that I can find a home base and big enough that I can meet diverse people with various aspirations.  

Fun fact: I went to a boarding school near Boston, MA for high school.

Goals for life: I want a career that makes me happy and feels meaningful. I am undecided about what that is, but it may involve education or writing. I especially want to give back to my community, and hope to actively engage with Chicago's youth.

Edgar Vazquez

Class of 2016


Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major/Minor/Certificate: Computer Science, Spanish

Extra-Curriculars: Alianza, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Institute of Student Business Education Technology Group, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc.

Hobbies: playing soccer, skateboarding, playing video games, drawing

Favorite thing about NU: I enjoy the people I meet at school. At Northwestern I have met some very kind and interesting people who I can rely on for almost anything. Most people will be genuinely nice to you when you first meet them.   

Fun fact: Michael Jordan's son attended the same high school I did and was a senior when I was a freshman.

Goals for life: I want to develop my technical skills and professional skills enough so that I can work for a government agency. After some years of working in my field I plan to apply to seek a doctorate degree. I would also like to carry out initiatives that will help increase the number of Hispanic and Latinos students in S.T.E.M. careers.   

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