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Luz Maciel Villarroel has recently been named assistant dean of admission at Reed College. In addition to her involvement in all phases of Reed's admission program, she will focus specifically on developing and implementing a minority recruitment program and serving as a liaison with minority student groups on campus.

Villarroel, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, has extensive experience in creating and implementing minority recruitment and affirmative action programs and acting as a liaison to minority student groups on college campuses. Most recently, she was an advisor, counselor, and recruiter for the Oregon State University college assistance migrant program and coordinator of the student literacy corps. Much of her professional work in minority student recruitment and counseling has been with Chicano student groups, specifically focusing on Mexican-American women.

In addition to her work in minority recruitment and advising, Villarroel has instructed college students on issues of cultural awareness and Chicana feminism and managed community resource programs for the U.S. department of social and health services. She held the position of diversity programs coordinator and retention specialist at Western Washington University, focusing on multicultural and ethnic minority student services and the minority achievement program. As an affirmative action officer at the office for equal opportunity in Everett, Washington, Villarroel developed, administered, and monitored the agency's affirmative action program and developed cultural awareness training programs.

Among her published work is a chapter on "A Cultural Profile and Status of Chicanas in the Northwest" in the book The Chicano Experience in the Northwest (February, 1995) by Dr. Carlos S. Maldonado and Dr. Gilberto Garcia. Villarroel holds three degrees from Oregon State University: a B.A. in education, an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling, and a Ph.D. in college student services administration. She attended high school in Grants Pass, Oregon.