CASA SOL Staff

Jackie Corral

Jackie Corral

Latino Recruitment Coordinator, Office of Admissions
jcorral@umn.edu
612-624-2565
240 Williamson Hall

Hola! I am the Coordinator for Latino Recruitment & Admission Counselor in the UMNTC Office of Undergraduate Admission and Tri-Chair of the Programming Committee for the MnACC Executive Board (Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color). I grew up in Maywood, CA and graduated from Bell High School in 2008 and went on to receive a BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University in 2012.

I am a passionate advocate for higher education. As a first generation college graduate I affirm that I would not have been able to go through the college process and ultimately graduate from college without the unconditional support of dedicated and caring advocates for student success. Through my role as an admission counselor and member of the CASA SOL planning committee I hope to be able to pay it forward to other students.

Gilbert Valencia

Gilbert Valencia

Residence Director, Housing & Residential Life
gvalenci@umn.edu
612-624-2699
E124 Comstock Hall

I am originally from Southern California, grew up in the Orange County area. I did my undergraduate work at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where I earned a BA in public administration and a minor in political science. In 2012, I moved to Connecticut for graduate school. I was at the University of Connecticut for two years where I earned my MA in higher education & student affairs. In July 2014, I began working at the U as the Residence Director in Comstock Hall. When I am not in my office or roaming the hall, I like to take some time and focus on physical wellbeing. I will either be at the Rec or running around the St. Anthony Main area. This is my way to alleviate stress and simply do me! Hobbies of mine are baking, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with my wonderful partner. I look forward to connecting and working with CASA SOL this upcoming academic year!

Jessica Lopez Lyman

Jessica Lopez Lyman

Teaching Specialist, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies
lyma0025@umn.edu
612-626-5350
19 Scott Hall

¡Hola Comp@s! I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. I received my BA from St. Catherine University double majoring in English and secondary education. I am a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Chicana and Chicano studies with a doctoral emphasis in feminist studies. My research focuses on Minnesota Latin@ poets. I teach courses on Chicana feminisms, visual art, performance studies, literature, gender and sexuality, and contemporary social issues. I enjoy playing futbol every week with Left Wing TC and love spending time with my two dogs and turtle, Selena Shelly (named after the singer of course!).

Juan Telles

Juan Telles

Career Services - Student Affairs
tell0037@umn.edu
612-624-7577
411 Bruininks Hall

I am working on my Masters in the Multicultural College Teaching and Learning program. I also work full-time for Student Affairs in Career Services at the University of Minnesota. I enjoy learning and reading about US history, specifically about Chicano/Latino history in the US, which compliments my U of M undergraduate degree in history. I am an active member Minnesota Alumni Network of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (Latino-based Fraternity here at the U of MN) and enjoy working with the students in the Living Learning Community CASA SOL. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family and fraternity brothers and watching new movies.

Edén Torres

Dr. Edén Torres

Department Chair
Chicano and Latino Studies
torre007@umn.edu
612-625-5035
19 Scott Hall & 459 Ford Hall

Hola a todos! I am an associate professor and currently the Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. I also teach in the Department of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies. I’ve been at the University in various capacities since 1985. Though I’ve lived most of my adult life in Minnesota, I still consider myself a Tejana from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Every year the best part of my job is getting to be in the freshman seminar with the CASA SOL students.