Loyola University Chicago

Achieving College Excellence

Student Academic Services

Meet the ACE Support Staff

ACE Graduate Generalist

Yatzany Resendiz-Rivera


Graduate Program: MA in Medical Sciences

Favorite part of ACE: Making meaningful and life-long connections with a group of people who truly support and care for you.


ACE Marketing Assistants

Maria Burritt


Major/Minors: Neuroscience / Psychology / Shakespeare Studies

Year: Junior

Involvement on campus: Women's rugby, residence life, ecology lab assistant, Alpha Phi Omega, pre-law society, chess club

My favorite part of ACE: All the connections it has helped me foster. ACE has supported me while I apply to jobs across campus and Chicago, register for classes, and has overall provided me with the resources and confidence I needed to reach my fullest potential.


Ashton McKinney


Major/Minors: Marketing

Year: Junior

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is the community. I feel like everyone cares and wants to see you succeed. Being a first-generation college student can be tough, but the ACE staff and peer mentors really care about helping you succeed in college.


ACE Social Media Assistant

Erica Chavez


Major/Minors: Biology, Pre-Med Minor: Women's and Genders Studies

Year: Sophomore

Involvement on campus: Phi Delta Epsilon - medical fraternity

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite thing about ACE is that I always have a place where I belong. I'll always have people to go to and a community that I can call my family.


ACE Summer Transition Program (STP) Interns

Emilia Murphy


Major/Minors: Biology, Pre-Dental

Year: Senior

Involvement on campus: Resident Assistant, MEDLIFE, Pre-Health Society, Pre-Dental Association, Mujeres en Medicina

Favorite part of ACE: ACE community! From the students to the staff.


Valerie Avarez Renteria


Major/Minors: Public Health Minors: Bioethics, Business Management

Year: Junior

Involvement on campus: Co-President ACE Medical Club, Phi Delta Epsilon, Mujeres en Medicina, Public Health Club, Latin American Student Association, and work as a Desk Receptionist at De Nobili!

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is the unconditional support my fellow scholars and staff give me! ACE has created a community where first-generation students can go to be vulnerable, empowered, and cared for, which is invaluable to me.


Salma Muhammad


Majors/Minors: Psychology, Spanish Language Minor

Year: Sophomore

Involvement on campus: A Moment of Magic, Tour Guide

Favorite part of ACE: The events that you get to foster community in!