Dr. Rosita Lopez


Dr. Rosita Lopez, Professor Emerita

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations,
Northern Illinois University


Presentation: “Strategies for Success: One Size Fits Few”

Dr. López is an educator and orator who uses personal experience in addressing parenting skills, practical classroom teaching (experienced at the elementary, undergraduate, and graduate levels), and in managing the all-encompassing human capital.  She has served on the Casa Central Board, one of the largest Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in the United States, for over 25 years, 10 of them as Chairperson. She also serves as Chairperson of the Northeastern University El Centro Board in Chicago for over 18 years.

As an administrator, Dr. Lopez has received international recognition for her work with multi-cultural communities, parental involvement, leadership in educational administration, and for fostering educational reform, inclusion, and diversity.  

She has authored numerous publications and chapters on education and leadership.  She received the National Hispanic Hero Award from the National Latino Education Institute for her service to the community. Dr. López, a certified bilingual school leader, is also known for working with parents of diverse backgrounds and providing leadership for Educational Reform-related issues. Her experience includes serving as director of training and reform for the Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to serving as professor emerita for Northern Illinois University (NIU), Dr. López was nominated to serve on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities. She remains an associate with Souder-Betances & Associates, an innovative, think-tank diversity development and speaker’s organization. She conducts trainings, seminars, and studies in association with a team of experts on educational change.

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