Growth is a word every small company or institution loves to hear. Well, growth is happening at Olivet College. Olivet has hired personnel around campus, including an athletic director, a new softball coach and a new physical plant manager. However, there was still one position that was vacant for a vast majority of the first semester: residence hall director for Shipherd Hall. This has now changed with the hiring of Rebeca Ortega on Sept. 28.
Ortega grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in classical Humanities. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ortega was a resident assistant, house fellow and diversity coordinator: “As diversity coordinator, I put on programs around identity and social justice…Served as an advocate to underrepresented students on campus, and helped run the Center for Cultural Enrichment, which was a space designed to embrace and celebrate students of all backgrounds.”
One of Ortega’s goals as residence hall director is to have a relationship with all of the students and resident assistants. With those relationships, Ortega wants to inspire students to perform work off of campus in the community as well.