2023 Annual Meeting Keynote

OCC is excited to welcome Dr. Marisol Morales, Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications, for the August 10th Pre-Conference and the August 11th Annual Meeting keynote address.

Dr. Marisol Morales currently serves as the Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications for the American Council on Education (ACE). In this role, Morales provides conceptual leadership and operational oversight to the Carnegie Elective Classifications. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact, from 2018-2022. Morales was the Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne from 2013-2018 and the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University from 2005-2013.  In 2020, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Community-Engaged Scholarship at the University of Central Florida and also serves as an adjunct faculty in the ENLACE, ENgaging Latinx Communities for Education, Higher Education Master’s program at Northeastern Illinois University. Morales sits on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, on the editorial advisory board of Liberal Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and on the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Locally, she serves as the chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago’s Education subcommittee; on the alumni board of the Center for Latino Research and the Latin American and Latino Studies program at DePaul University, and as the board designee for 4th district State Representative Lilian Jimenez on the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation board. Dr. Morales holds a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and an MS/MS in International Public Service Management both from DePaul University. She earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in 2021. Her dissertation focused on the community engagement experiences of Latinx students at a Hispanic Serving Institution.