Elmer Orellana, 1GLI

My Story

Elmer was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved at the age of 7 with his family to the United States. He claims the 804, Richmond, VA as his hometown. Elmer Orellana joined the CMA team in June of 2018. He serves as one of the Student Development Coordinators in the CMA. His primary responsibilities include facilitating educational programming and support for students who identify as Latinx; coordinating Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15); and collaborating on intersectional programming that supports all minoritized students on Duke’s campus.

Elmer earned his M.Ed. in Counselor Education emphasis in Student Affairs from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Community Health from George Mason University. His research and professional interests include retention and engagement initiatives for first-generation college students, identity and leadership development for students of color, masculinity, and pedagogical practice for critical-consciousness and social justice. In his free time he enjoys working out, hiking, reading, music, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Elmer Orellana

Elmer Orellana, 1GLI

Student Development Coordinator
Center for Multicultural Affairs