Each month, Student Affairs recognizes one of its outstanding staff members for their hard work, dedication, and passion for serving the UW Tacoma community.
Name: Juanita Murillo Garcia
Unit: Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC)
Hobby: Well, we have a large family, (5 children!), so most of my time is spent running after them! When I do get a moment to myself, I like to read or binge on Hallmark Christmas movies! They are a great source of inspiration for holiday decor!
Favorite Place on UW Tacoma campus and Why: The VMRC is my favorite place because it provides a space to interact, connect, and engage with our military-connected students. It’s a great place where students can exchange their personal stories that help inspire me to plan, promote, and execute events for them - with fabulous seasonal decorations!
Nominated by: Liz Hansen
I would like to nominate Juanita Murillo Garcia for the November Staff Spotlight. As the Director of the Veteran & Military Resource Center, Juanita is in a unique role to directly influence and support student access, belonging, engagement and success on our campus – the four pillars of education for our division. With Veteran’s Day being recognized in November, I think it’s even more appropriate to direct our spotlight on Juanita, who served our country for many years in the Army.
Last week, Juanita and her team executed multiple events for our veteran and military connected community, including a new event (Husky Virtual 5k), a dinner ceremony, and their annual flag planting on the Prairie Line Trail. Coming into this quarter, the VMRC staff had to adjust to new federal guidelines around veterans benefits, which they needed to get quickly educated on in order to support our students and answer their questions.*
On a personal level I have wanted to nominate Juanita because she has been a supportive colleague to me. I reached out to her for advice on an issue earlier this quarter and she was so helpful and provided me with some great insight, which helped me improve my working relationship with some students. Our conversation was fun, reaffirming, and really insightful!
Student Affairs champions holistic learning and success for UW Tacoma students. We remove barriers for students, engage them as partners to create an inclusive campus community and equip them for lives and careers that have meaning and impact.