Adelante ND: Latinx Staff and Faculty Association is an Employee Resource Group committed to diversity and inclusion and educating others about our heritage. Our mission is to serve as a resource to the University of Notre Dame to positively influence the environment through events, networking opportunities, and innovative ideas.

Adelante ND is made possible with support from the Office of Human Resources. Employee resource groups such as Adelante ND are coordinated through the University’s diversity efforts.

Member Spotlight

Sandra C Vera Munoz Small

Mendoza Associate Professor of Accountancy Sandra Vera-Muñoz was named to the All-Faculty Team and honored at the October 2, 2021 Notre Dame vs. Cincinatti game. You can learn more about her work here.



Sinai Vespie, is the Executive Pastry Chef for Campus Dining at the University of Notre Dame. She oversees operations of the pastry and bakeshops located in the Center for Culinary Excellence and serves as a member of the Campus Dining Culinary Council. She recently was on national television in Food Network’s Halloween Baking competition, Please read more about Sinai in this NDWorks article, where she is featured.


Yamil Colon, is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. His research group focuses on the study, discovery, and design of porous materials for targeted applications. Please read more about Yamil in this ND Stories article.

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Paloma Garcia-Lopez, is the associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In her role, Garcia-Lopez manages and oversees all of the activities and staff of the institute. She is also our President of Adelante ND: Latinx Staff & Faculty Association. Please read more about Paloma in this NDWorks article, where she is featured.

Felipe Santiago Tirado

Felipe Santiago-Tirado is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, focusing on the cell biology of invasive fungal infections. He studies how fungi can infect the lungs, blood and brain. Please read more about Felipe's work.

Ana Lidia Flores Mireles

Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles, the Hawk Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences,researches catheter-associated urinary tract infections, the most common health-care infection worldwide. She uncovered causes and possible treatments for catheter infections, please read more about Ana Lidia's work.