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Peggy Valdes

University of Iowa
PhD Candidate
Peggy Valdés is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program of the University of Iowa and current manager of the Latino Native American Cultural Center. Prior to attending the doctoral program, she was a graduate Fellow in the ENLACE Leadership program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) that conducts research, compiles and disseminates information about best practices, and seeks to create leaders who will improve the pipeline to post-secondary completion for Latinos, particularly at urban Hispanic Serving Institutions. Peggy earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology at NEIU. While attending college, Peggy worked as the Executive Director of Mexico Solidarity Network where she helped found an alternate high school, adult learning center, a day-laborer co-op, and managed a study abroad program focused on the Social Movements of Mexico.
Other professional activist experiences include the position of National Coordinator, and then Director of IFCO-Pastors for Peace, who advocates for a normalization of relations between the US and Cuba and as Volunteer Manager for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Additionally, Peggy was active as a community based organizer with Centro Sin Fronteras for many years to challenge the power dynamics that keep poor and working class people from decent housing, from access to health care and to quality educational programming.
She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Mexico Solidarity Network and the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).