Araceli Calderón de Weis
Before coming to the United States in 2001, Araceli was a champion for community involvement and empowerment in policy-making in her native Mexico. She currently serves as the Parent Involvement Coordinator at Centennial BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), dedicating her life to promoting the inclusion of immigrant and refugee voices in community building and policy setting in northern Colorado. Her work through local educational and cultural programming is a remarkable example of advocacy for immigrant rights through community engagement and empowerment.
Araceli lives in Greeley, CO. Away from work, she enjoys gardening, walking her dog Chocolate, and having family time with husband Robbie and daughter Myrna.
“I want to be part of Springtide because I have a teen daughter and many nieces and nephews who encourage me to be better prepared and support them in ways that are not always possible in our community,” Araceli says. “As a part of my work, I interact with immigrant and refugee families facing immense difficulties to communicate with their children in ways that best fit their traditions, values, and faith. I would like to see how young people are finding their way in receiving support from groups like Springtide and within their new communities.”