Keeping the dream alive
About Tanya Cabrera:
Tanya Cabrera earned her degree in History at Northern Illinois University and later taught U.S. Social Movements at an alternative high school on the north side of Chicago (El Cuarto Ano – Association House). After serving as Educational Director for the Boys & Girls Club, she served as a College & Career Coach with Chicago Public Schools (Benito Juarez Community Academy). It is here where she sought to create access to postsecondary education for all students within the community, in particular the immigrant and undocumented population. The 2010 CPS budget cuts offered an opportunity to work at the higher education level, she took the position as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at IIT. She worked collectively to outreach all CPS schools and tripled enrollment for fall 2011 among CPS students and the Chicago land area. She recently took a position with our Vice Provost of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives as Associate Director of Minority Outreach and Undocumented Student Liaison. She was recently appointed as one of the nine commissioners to raise funds for a private scholarship for undocumented students here in Illinois (Illinois Dream Fund Commission).