March 13, 2014
Querida Lugo, WCU's associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), received the PBCOHE Eastern Region Director's Award for her dedication to the work of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE). She was honored at the organization's annual meeting in Pittsburgh, held Feb. 26 through March 1. She was also elected PBCOHE secretary for a two-year term.
"As an undergraduate student," says Lugo, "I attended [PBCOHE's] Robert D. Lynch Student Leadership Development Institute conference every year and, once I transitioned into a job in higher education, I joined PBCOHE to give back. I have been actively serving in PBCOHE for the last three years."
For the Eastern Region, Lugo's activities have included assisting with the mini conference at Cheyney University; producing audiovisual, multimedia public relations materials, graphic design and serving as photographer for the PBCOHE; co-chairing the statewide conference held in Philadelphia; and serving as a planning committee member for the 2013 Student Leadership Development Institute held in Lancaster, Pa.
Lugo joined West Chester's Office of Multicultural Affairs in August 2010, bringing in her passion about helping students achieve academic and personal success. Among her many duties, she coordinates the first-year students multicultural mentoring program; assists with academic monitoring of multicultural students; collaborates on new student programming; and advises various multicultural student groups.
Previously, Lugo had been behavioral health therapist and family specialist for schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs, working with underserved populations in an educational setting. She earned her bachelor's in social work at Loch Haven University, her master's in social work at West Chester and is pursuing her doctorate in higher education leadership at Wilmington (Del.) University.