By Mario Conde

Juanita Salas became the new Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees member and will fill the term left by Norma Galindo.

Salas, along with other candidates, filed to fill the vacancy left by Norma Sierra-Galindo who was sworn to the Imperial Irrigation District last December. By majority vote, Salas was voted in to finish Galindo’s last two years at the board.

“Honored. Humbled. Grateful. In the words of Sonia Sotomayor: I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences. I was told I just became the youngest Trustee in the history of the campus and I do not take that responsibility lightly.” She said.

Salas said she applied for the position because of her ability to continue to be involved and make a difference in my community.

“My experience and involvement with our community has shown me how positions like these can truly make a difference for our community. I am the youngest of 8 and aunt of 43 nieces and nephews and IVC has touched our lives in many ways shapes and forms, and becoming involved in the student success process was my motivation.”

Salas said she is a big believer in student success, equity, and access, and would like to focus her learning and actions around students, faculty, staff, and fellow board members.

“I would like to take part with the rest of the board to ensure the wise and prudent delivery of education, a critical local and state resource, on behalf of the people in our community. Also to take part in having our College make a difference in our Imperial Valley community, region, and state. Finally, to continue assisting our community college to provide educated citizens and well prepared workforce for our community.”

Salas previously served as Senior Community Representative for the Office of Former Congressman Bob Filner. Salas studied Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Political Science at San Diego State University, where she was elected to serve as President and CEO of SDSU Associated Students Inc. She now serves as Community Engagement Manager of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

Her official swearing in ceremony will take place February 20th.

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