Luis Aranda, M.S.

Assistant Director
Center for Inclusive and Academic Excellence (CIAE)

Luis (he/him/his) joined the Center for Inclusive and Academic Excellence as an Academic Coach in July of 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and his master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas in 2010.

Luis is a staunch advocate for students, as seen in his nearly fifteen years of work in student affairs. He is the coordinator of the Iowa Edge program. He also works with students in the Advantage Iowa program and coordinates the Storm Lake Scholars program.

Before joining CIAE, Luis served as an area coordinator in University Housing at Pittsburg State University for six years, and then as the associate dean of students and director of housing at Iowa Wesleyan University for five years. Luis’ expertise is in residential living, first-year experience, peer mentoring, student conflict resolution, and event planning.

Luis lives in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, with his wife and four children. Luis is a native Chicagoan who grew up in the Little Village neighborhood. In his free time, he enjoys helping coach his children in baseball/softball and wrestling, as well as cooking and engaging in conversation about pop culture and trends.