Hugo is a first generation Mexican American and a Chicago local as he was born and raised in this beautiful city. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad 3 times to Costa Rica, China, and Taiwan. As a student activist, he advocated for the rights of Latinxs, LGBQTIA, students with disabilities and other marginalized communities. He earned his degree in Spanish and Translation Studies at University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana (UIUC) in August 2014. His passion for education, student affairs, and travel, inspired him to obtain his Master of Education in International Higher Education in December 2018, from Loyola University Chicago where he was able to study abroad in Vietnam and Italy. Before joining the UIC team, he was very fortunate to work for non-profit organizations where he was able to help people with disabilities in multi-faceted of ways including education, healthcare, and self-advocacy to name a few. Hugo loves being able to advocate for others and empowering others to become advocates as well. This passion of service has led him to the University of Illinois at Chicago as he is ready to work with students, make sure they have equal access to a higher education, and help them achieve their full potential here at UIC and beyond.
Fun facts: Hugo has a physical disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which requires him to use a power wheelchair. As someone from the community of people with disabilities, he is excited to learn from his students as everyone experiences having a disability differently. He loves learning languages and is fluent in English & Spanish and currently learning Portuguese and Italian. When at home he loves to destress with a good book, game night, catching up with friends over food, going to the movies, or seeing a Broadway show.