Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Chicago, Illinois, Giraldo Rosales has had the life-long drive to advocate for social justice and equity for all.
Giraldo's journey has lead him from a non-English speaking refugee, to an up and coming reformist whose has worked as a bilingual coordinator, teaching Bilingual education and ESL in some of the Chicago’s most underserved school districts.
Giraldo accepted a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held tenure as the Director, of La Casa Cultural Latina (UIUC's Latino cultural center) for many years, until his promotion to the Office of the Dean of Students as an Assistant Dean of Students.
Rosales has spent his entire professional career giving back to those who walk in the shadows of America's dreams.
Never tiring of new challenges and changes, Giraldo divides his entire energies between his family, philanthropic work and services to the community he resides.
Serving on numerous boards and commissions in the City of Champaign, Rosales has served as an "At-Large City Council Member", the first Hispanic to be elected in the history of City of Champaign. He also serves on the Champaign-Urbana Joint Cable and Telecommunications Commission and is a current Champaign County Board member, District 6.
He is devoted and committed to the principles of social justice, humanitarianism and stands behind the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
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