Nubia Esparza (she/her/hers) is a first generation child of immigrant parents and higher education professional with more than 15 years of experience that uses both her personal and professional experiences to help her students thrive and reach their goals. She is currently the Senior Coordinator of Diversity & Student Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. Nubia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2002 from the College of Liberal Arts and a Master of Public Policy with an emphasis in Public and Private Leadership and Nonprofit Management from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2006, and a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Education at Hamline University. Nubia is originally from Blue Island, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago, and has been living in Minnesota for over 20 years. She currently lives in the Frogtown Neighborhood of St. Paul with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Nubia is an avid soccer fan attending games locally when it’s safe, spends some of her freetime driving around the Twin Cities metro area trying to get to her daughters’ soccer games on time, reading YA fiction, and watching whatever soccer game is on TV.