Staff Bio

Leela Magdaleno

Student Success Coach

Office: 4943 The Valley Library
Phone: 541-737-9924

Hometown: Ashland, OR

Master of Science
Higher Education
Student Affairs Focus
Kaplan University

Bachelor of Science
Oregon State University

I’ve lived in Oregon for most of my life and attended OSU right out of high school as a first-generation college student. I struggled through my undergraduate degree and have often said that I do the work I do because I wish I would have had a me when I was in college. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I traveled to many different parts of the country and the world. I lived in Brazil and became a fluent Portuguese speaker, and then came back to the United States where I lived and worked in a Brazilian immigrant community as a social services advocate. I worked in Social Work for about five years before deciding to make a career change to Higher Education. In 2010, I began pursuing my graduate degree online, and I absolutely loved my online learning experience!

I’ve been working to support students in Higher Education since 2011. I’ve served in many roles at different types of institutions throughout my career and focused my work on serving students of various identities underrepresented in higher education. I’ve worked to mitigate barriers to access and success for these students and have had the honor of watching them persist, succeed, and excel in this environment.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my spouse and three kiddos. We enjoy camping, spending time with extended family, and exploring the Oregon outdoors. I love food, cooking, and sharing food with friends and family. I also enjoy yoga and dancing and am just getting back into both after many years away.

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