Dr. Josie Maritza is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. Born and raised in Chicago, she received her bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in Spanish and Latino studies from DePaul University. She obtained her master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. Maritza has previously worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a program advisor for the Illini Union Board and has recently arrived from the University of Miami where she served as the assistant director of student activities and student organizations. While studying full-time at FSU, Maritza is a graduate assistant in Leadership Studies in the Center for Leadership & Social Change. She teaches in the LDR certificate program as well as serves as a program advisor. Her research interests include leadership, Latinx leadership development, mentorship, and first generation students. Maritza is a member of a co-ed Latino interest fraternity called Alpha Psi Lambda, Inc., and during her free time she enjoys working out, reading, sitting in coffee shops, musicals, and Netflix.

Maritza will be serving the conference in the capacity of Scholar Ambassador.  In this role, she will assist in the implementation of the Professional Track, evaluate program sessions and conduct an overall curriculum and program design review.