Frida Alvarez

Frida Alvarez

Major: Peace Studies
Minor: Political Science
Year of Graduation: May 2017
Graduate School: MS in Social Responsibility, St. Cloud State University, May 2019
Current Position: Equal Opportunity Officer with the State of Minnesota

Please give a brief description of your current position:
I work in three general areas: enforcement of laws, rules and regulations dealing with Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and American with Disabilities Act, monitoring for compliance with those laws, rules and regulations. I also create and conduct diversity and inclusion training as needed on various topics.

What path did you follow to get to your current position?
Besides my skills and qualifications, I attribute a lot of my success to the experiences I had through the Urban Scholar program. It is a pipeline program for underrepresented students in undergrad and grad school to develop professional skills for the workforce. I participated in this program during the summers of 2015-2017. I highly suggest applying to the program every summer you can, if applicable.

What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career?
Apply and take advantage of the program Urban Scholars! I think I would have had a harder time beginning my career for the state had I not been a scholar through the program with the State in 2016 and 2017. If you’re able to, work with IISS. Being a student assistant there helped create a foundation for the work I do now. Stay passionate and diligent in this work, but also take care of yourself to prevent burnout.

What skills are important in your field?
Conflict management, data analysis, strong writing and communication skills.

Most challenging?
Feeling like the work I do doesn’t get the recognition it should or that the work I do will not mean anything.

What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU (and elsewhere) in preparation for this career?
Working with IISS was very helpful. If you are passionate about social justice and want to make a career out of it, start there.

(April 2019)