Unimportant Questions with Important People: Erica Acosta, Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives

Austin Loukas

Holly Boyer, Assistant Life Editor

What is the importance of your position?
I advise and guide the minority groups on campus. My job involves creating awareness and inclusion of diversity through programming, like workshops and trips. I am also the adviser of the MSC club.

What is an interesting fact that people may not know about you?
I can’t swim but I would love to learn how to swim. Also, I didn’t learn English ’til third grade, even though I was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Dancing. I’m from the Dominican Republic, so especially (dancing) to Spanish music like merengue, cha-cha and salsa. When I’m not doing that I’m reading.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
It was to be a registered nurse. I wanted to be a nurse so bad and have my own practice. But I am excited how it turned out, so no regrets here.

What are you most excited about with the holidays coming up?
Family time, food, friends, music, I love it all.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?
I’ve been to Peru, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Spain. Spain was a lot of fun because I did study abroad there. It was a learning experience, it was neat that it was a different culture.

What is No. 1 on your bucket list?
Skydiving. I want to feel the adrenaline of jumping out of the plane. We get so caught up in work that we don’t get a chance to look at the big picture, and I feel like you can do that with skydiving.

What drew you into Wilkes University other than the available position?
It’s diversity, the diversity is definitely No. 1. The job is in the city and I’m a city girl. Also, the opportunity of growth in the position.

What is your favorite home cooked meal?
Stew goat meat and yuca, which is a form of a veggie, almost like a potato.

What future goals do you have in your position?
It would be to maybe one day be the director, since I am not the Assistant Director. I’m in the process of creating a mission statement for the Office of Diversity.

 

 

 

 

What is the importance of your position?
I advise and guide the minority groups on campus. My job involves creating awareness and inclusion of diversity through programming, like workshops and trips. I am also the advisor of the Multicultural Student Coalition.

What is an interesting fact that people may not know about you?
I can’t swim but I would love to learn how to swim. Also, I didn’t learn English till third grade, even though I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

What is the best and worst part about your job?
The best is interacting with students. The worst is you never know what kind of turnout you are going to have for your programs or trips.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Dancing. I’m from the Dominican Republic, so especially (dancing) to Spanish music like merengue, cha-cha and salsa. When I’m not doing that I’m reading.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
It was to be a registered nurse. I wanted to be a nurse so bad and have my own practice. But I am excited how it turned out, so no regrets here.

What are you most excited about with the holidays coming up?
Family time, food, friends, music, I love it all.

What made you get into this position?
It kind of picked me. My aunt knew about the position here so that’s how I was introduced to it. But as an undergraduate I was so involved in clubs, it sort of creeped up on me.

If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go and why?
Bora Bora. It’s so beautiful and it seems so unreal to me. I would like to experience that.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?
I’ve been to Peru, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Spain. Spain was a lot of fun because I did study abroad there. It was a learning experience, it was neat that it was a different culture.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Graduating with a Ph.D. with a concentration in educational leadership, or something along those lines, but done before 10 years.

What is No. 1 on your bucket list?
Skydiving. I want to feel the adrenaline of jumping out of the plane. We get so caught up in work that we don’t get a chance to look at the big picture, and I feel like you can do that with skydiving.
What drew you into Wilkes University other than the available position?
It’s diversity, the diversity is definitely No. 1. The job is in the city and i’m a city girl. Also, the opportunity of growth in the position.

What is your favorite home cooked meal?
Stew goat meat and yuca, which is a form of a veggie, almost like a potato.