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Gladys Pedraza-Burgos

Vice Chair, Executive Committee

Born and raised in the City of Rochester, New York. Pedraza Burgos is a first generation High School and College Student. She has a long history of local community advocacy and service. Presently, She is the new Chief Operations Officer at Ibero American Action League. She oversees the planning and development of the agency’s programs and service initiatives that further Ibero’s mission. Her responsibilities include monitoring the day to day operations, insure compliance with administrative policies and assure resource efficiency to foster growth and sustainability. Prior to her role at Ibero, she was the Chief of Youth Development and Family Service at the Rochester City School District(RCSD). Youth Development and Family Services (YDFS) is responsible for integration and management of student and family support services to enhance students’ Biopychosocial needs and academic performance. In this role she is responsible for coordinating a wide range of comprehensive services and strategies to remove the complex factors that interfere with learning. She played a key leading role in the changing the District AIDS and sex education policy. The policy was the first in the State to directly address teen pregnancy and STI’s. Her leadership was instrumental in developing the District’s first Health Advisory Board and securing partnerships and funds to build three new full service school health clinics.

Prior to her role at RCSD, she was employment at the University of Rochester’s and began her tenure in the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) and Higher Education Opportunity Program in 1996. During first year, Pedraza Burgos played a major role in planning organizing and recruiting students for the first annual “Rock the Vote” campaign. She was instrumental in developing a mentoring program for RCSD high school students with the collaboration with the Susan B Anthony Center, the Rochester Area Foundation, and the Young Mother program. Pedraza Burgos Assist and lead efforts for establishing processes for structured discussion on intercultural issues on campus and provided the College with greater in-house capacity -trained facilitators. Furthermore, as part of her function to develop models of shared responsibility for “diversity” across divisions of the university, and to work collaboratively with the directors of Freshman Orientation, ResLife, Admissions, & Alumni Affairs to develop and evaluate programs.

She is a Ronald McNair Scholar and during her tenure at OMSA earned a master’s degree in Human Development and Counseling from the Warner School of Education. She was recruited to be the Director of the Office of Educational, Curricular and Diversity Affairs, and the Co-Director of the Center for Advocacy, Community Health , Education and Diversity at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was responsible for the School of Medicine’s diversity initiatives this includes several pipeline programs for High School and Undergraduate Pre-Med students.

Pedraza-Burgos has served numerous community boards and committees including the President of the Board of PRYD- Puerto Rican Youth Development Agency, board-member of IBERO, Graduate of the 3rd cohort of United Way’s Hispanic Leadership Development Program, Finger Lakes Health Systems, Latino Health Care Symposium committee, the National Association of Medical Minority Educators- NE region, One of the founding members of the University of Rochester Latino Profession Alliance, Latina’s Unidas, member of The Golden Key National Honor Society, Chi Sigma Iota, National Board for Certified Counselor, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) Certified, and served as advisory to local La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, and Lambda Pi Chi Sorority (ΛΠΧ) (also known as Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.) Her father was one of the founding members of Ibero American Action League in the late 1960’s. She is married to Victor Burgos and has two sons, Victor Jr., age 29, Xavier age 27 and recently became a grandmother to Carlo Manuel 2 mths old.

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