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Millie Rodríguez, M.S.Ed.

Counselor

 

Millie Rodríguez has spent her career creating awareness of and safe spaces for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). She joins the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) as a College Counselor to help students navigate higher education so they can feel safe, feel a sense of belonging, and focus on their success, whatever they define that to be.

Millie is an experienced educator and perpetual learner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – English and Communications from Penn State, a Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Scranton, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Educating Individuals with Autism from Penn State. Millie taught English (Language Arts, Reading Intervention, and World Literature) for fourteen years prior to coming to Penn State in 2017, most recently at Waynesboro Area School District in Waynesboro, PA; she also taught in Frederick, MD and Dover, DE. In the future, she looks forward to pursuing research related to challenges faced by Latine and multiracial/multiethnic students and how to promote engagement and create a greater sense of belonging for these populations.

Past professional experience at Penn State includes the Sawyer Seminar Speaker Series sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Academic Advising and Student Disability Services at Penn State World Campus, East Halls Residence Life, and Health Promotion and Wellness teaching BASICS. Millie is also currently a volunteer parent mentor and advocate for parents of children with special needs and a volunteer ESL teacher. Since joining Penn State, Millie has consistently been a member of or held leadership roles on DEIB committees.

Millie grew up in Queens Village, NY, and the only goal her parents had for her was to get a Regents diploma and a good public service job. Millie was an FGLI, returning adult learner while at Penn State and had no idea how to navigate higher education. While at Penn State, her MRC counselor helped her get “plugged in.” Millie joined the West Halls Association of Residence Hall Students (WHRA), University Park Allocations Committee (UPAC), Latino Caucus, and the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA), where she was first a member, then the secretary, and then president. Millie’s MRC counselor was instrumental to her persistence and success in college, and she now wants to give back and be a support for students while they are pursuing their college degree. 

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