Ericka Gutierrez Fonseca

By Dillon Key
University Relations and Creative Services

The University of Central Arkansas has hired its first full-time Hispanic and Latino Outreach Initiatives Coordinator.

Ericka Gutierrez, a UCA alumna, will serve in the Office of Diversity and Community.

In this role, she will develop programs and student support services strengthening UCA’s outreach in the Hispanic community via internal and external partnerships for the purpose of ensuring a larger percentage of Hispanic/Latino students attend and graduate from UCA.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the UCA Office of Diversity and Community,” said Gutierrez. “I’m very thankful for my role and really looking forward to cultivating partnerships with different departments on our campus with the purpose of increasing Hispanic/Latino student academic success, engagement, retention and graduation.”

Gutierrez previously worked in the UCA Office of Admissions with a focus on central Arkansas high schools from January 2015 to April 2017.

“Working in the UCA Office of Admissions was a great experience,” said Gutierrez. “I had such wonderful opportunities to work with the Office of Diversity and Community on different projects such as Amigo Cup and also to recruit outside central Arkansas in efforts to reach more Hispanic/Latino students in Arkansas.”

She also serves in several other ways at UCA.

  • Latino Student Association advisor
  • Member of the UCA Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Member of DASH Emergency Grant Committee

Gutierrez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently working to earn a Master of Business Administration at UCA.