Dr. Rivera began at UWSP in July 2017 as the Director of Diversity and College Access. Prior to UWSP she was the Director of Diversity Services at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She also served as the Director of Diversity/Inclusion and Student Activities at Westfield State University which is also in Massachusetts. Lizette is originally from Chicago, IL where she also completed her Doctorate of Education from National Louis University. Her dissertation title is Exploring the impact of the MassTransfer program: A look at Latina/Latino student transfer success at a two year Hispanic-Serving Institution into a four year Non-Hispanic-Serving university in Massachusetts. Lizette has earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Lizette has worked in higher education for more than 12 years in a various positions. Her other positions in higher education include working at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL as the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, Triton Community College in River Grove, IL as an Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences / Title III Director, and at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound. Lizette is also a Veteran who served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. In 2003, Lizette was deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. She served as a Military Justice Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), Legal Assistance NCOIC, and an International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR) Liaison for the Army. Prior to this deployment, she served with the 384th Military Police Battalion, 91st Legal Support Organization, and the 391st Military Police Battalion as a Legal NCOIC and Legal Specialist (Paralegal).
Fun Fact: Lizette is a proud Alumni from Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, IL