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Joe Palencia, M.Ed.
SSS TRIO Advisor
Office: A135, RHC
I am the Student Support Services
(SSS) TRIO Advisor at the Ray Hartstein Campus (RHC) of Oakton
Community College. I work with prospective applicants to
eligibility for services, in addition to providing program participants
with: assistance in exploring academic and vocational options, and
establishing academic and personal goals while implementing
interventions to reduce personal, financial, and academic concerns.
(All held in Room 135A, RHC)
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Joe Palencia is a Student Affairs Educator who was born
and raised in the city of Chicago. Joe graduated from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Communication
& Latina/o Studies. While at the University of Illinois, Joe
worked as a Multicultural Advocate where he fostered diversity,
multiculturalism, and social justice within the residence hall
community through community and staff development, education,
celebration, and dialogue. Joe also worked at La Casa Cultural Latina
where he collaborated with other staff members to promote a welcoming
and dynamic atmosphere through the development and execution of
educational, cultural, political, and social programs.
experiences, undergraduate coursework, and work history all sparked his
interest in pursuing a career in Student Affairs. In 2013, he graduated from the School of Education at Loyola University
Chicago with a Master of Education in Higher Education. In his previous
role, Mr. Palencia served as a Graduate Assistant at the Department of
Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where he assisted with the
coordination of a peer-mentoring program for 1st year students that
identify as a 1st generation and/or student of color.
While he was working on his M.Ed., Joe had the privilege to intern at
Harold Washington College's Transfer Center in downtown Chicago and
Dominican University's Dean of Students' Office. As a TRiO Alumni, Joe
is thrilled about working with students from similiar backgrounds as
his own. For Joe, the opportunity to pursue higher education has
been a privilege. After receiving much support and empowerment from
professors and Student Affairs professionals, he became interested in
doing the same for others. Joe has worked at Oakton Community College
since July 2013 as a SSS TRiO Advisor.