USHLI is pleased to announce that State Senator Celina Villanueva will deliver the Welcome Address at the launch of our 2020 Student Leadership Series (SLS). She will address over 3,000 participants attending our SLS Rally and College Recruitment Fair, one of the largest in the nation, at 9:45am, Thursday, February 20 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.
Born in Chicago and raised in Little Village, Celina Villanueva was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018, where she worked to pass the Keep Illinois Families Together Act, prohibiting law enforcement from working with ICE. Prior to that she was the Civic and Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, as Director of Organizing at Chicago Votes, and as Outreach Director for then County Commissioner and now Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
She was sworn into the Illinois Senate in 2020 and currently sits on the Appropriations I, Higher Education, Public Safety and Transportation Committees. Senator Villanueva remains a community organizer at heart and will continue to uplift marginalized voices in Springfield.