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Rafael Pasillas | Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives, CAEL

Rafael Pasillas | Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives, CAEL

Current Position and Past Experience
Rafael Pasillas is currently Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives at CAEL. He brings more than 18 years of experience working in nationally recognized higher education leadership positions, including student advising, student affairs training, community relations, partnership development, and technical and program support roles. He is driven by advancing equity for traditionally underserved and minoritized populations.

Pasillas joined CAEL in 2015 and has served as director of partnership development, director of partner services, director of higher ed initiatives and currently, senior director of higher education initiatives, where he works within the postsecondary education community to build programs and manage change focused on equity. Pasillas recently contributed to the development of CAEL's Academy Model, which, through the Latino Adult Student Success Academy, helped 15 participating Hispanic Serving Institutions take actionable steps in implementing plans to serve their Latino adult students. Before CAEL, Pasillas spent ten years at Perdoceo Education (formerly Career Education Corporation), a leading educational services company.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Pasillas earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and is an advocate for postsecondary education for underserved populations.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, movies, and spending time with his wife and two children.

You can connect with Rafael on LinkedIn

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