Director of Cultural Affairs

Director of Cultural Affairs

Melanie Sandoval

Campus Life Building
Office 180P
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-9919

My name is Melanie Sandoval; I am the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Student Association. I am a senior double majoring in Corporate Communications and Spanish with a Business Translation emphasis with a minor in Latino Studies here at Northern Illinois University.

During my time here I have had the opportunity to be actively involved within the NIU community by taking on leadership roles. I was the President of the Latino Student Alliance for the 2015-2016 school year. I am also a member of E.B.O.N.Y. Women and served as their secretary during the fall semester of 2015. While being a student at NIU, you can actively find me in the Latino Resource Center as it is almost like my second home. I had the opportunity to serve as one of their Directors for the after school program V.A.L.U. at DeKalb High School. Having the opportunity to be part of all these great organizations allowed me to show my passion for representing the underrepresented within the NIU community.

As Director of Cultural Affairs, I want to be able to show NIU’s sheer diversity. Expose everyone to the different cultures among our student body. I plan to bring different cultures together and show that although diverse, we are alike. I want to promote the support of everyone’s cultures and differences, by for example, encouraging all students to attend the heritage months that many organizations collaborate to showcase their roots and come together as huskies.