Name: Marisol Galarza-Ruiz
Board Position: Secretary
Country of Heritage: Puerto Rico
Marisol Galarza-Ruiz was born in New York City and at the age of seven she moved to Aguada, Puerto Rico with her family. She lived and went to school there until she started college at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.
In 1996 she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Art History and Education. In 1998 she was hired by the Rochester City School District while in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico to work as a bilingual education teacher of History and Spanish. She was assigned to teach at East High School where she worked for seven years. She later obtained her master’s degree and a certificate in advanced studies in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport.
In 2006 Marisol started working at Monroe Community College as an adjunct instructor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, teaching Art History classes and in the World Languages and Cultures Department teaching Spanish. The following year Marisol was hired as a full-time professor teaching Spanish at Monroe Community College.
Marisol has worked as a volunteer for the Cub Scouts of America Troop 328, Latino Cultural Center, Legal Aid Society, Memorial Art Gallery, Monroe Community College and Advocacy Center. She has been a translator and interpreter for the Latino Community and has given several workshops in art, language and culture. Marisol served on the Editorial Advisory Board and as the Spanish Editor for La Voz Rochester.