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Joel Gisbert

Joel Gisbert, Civic Engagement Coordinator

Joel's journey in higher education began in 2009 at Chemeketa Community College as a first generation and non-traditional college student. During his time at Chemeketa, Joel says he is so thankful for joining a student support services program called TRIO.

TRIO provided the support Joel needed to learn about college finances, academic advising, and the process of transferring to a four year college (university). In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to socially engage on campus, participate in community service, and access to academic resources (scholarships, free text books, tutoring).

Joel became a math and writing tutor for TRIO while also working a student job position in the Advising and Counseling Center as a Peer Assistant.  These college life opportunities allowed Joel to discover his skills in providing excellent social and academic services to students  - leading to his career path in social work.

Joel completed his AAOT in 2012 and completed his bachelors of social work degree at Portland State University (PSU) in 2014. In between those years,  Joel was an intern at Puentes (Culturally Specific Latino Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Recovery Program) in Portland, and worked as a Youth Program Coordinator for Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality in Salem (Latino youth empowerment).

Further, Joel completed his Master of Social Work degree at PSU in 2015 and began his career at Rosemary Anderson High School as a Case Manager and Mentor Program Coordinator for African American youth and families in North Portland and Gresham.

Joel returned to Chemeketa as a TRIO Advisor in 2017 and now coordinates student success programs as a Civic Engagement Coordinator at Student Retention and College Life.  Joel is committed and passionate about improving the student experience at Chemeketa by providing culturally responsive programming and advising to students.

If you have any questions about our student government, student clubs, community service projects, and/or college life events, please contact me at [email protected]

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