Maria Luna-Duarte, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Success
Office for Student Success
Building & Room:
1040 W Harrison St (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607
Dr. María E. Luna-Duarte, grew up undocumented in Chicago until the age of 21. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and later a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University. She completed her Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Early in her career, she worked at the Consulate General of México in Chicago in their legal department. After a few years she transitioned to work as the Community Liaison for the Chicago ENLACE Partnership, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to increase the educational attainment of Latinos from K-16. Upon the completion of the grant, she transitioned to work as the Coordinator of Student Support Services, at Northeastern Illinois University El Centro campus, was later promoted to Assistant Director and then Director. She was the director at Northeastern Illinois University El Centro for over twelve years and an adjunct faculty for the ENLACE Higher Education Program for the past four years. Currently, she serves as the Associate Dean of Student Success and Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies. Her moral principles are founded in hard work and dedication. Her mission is to transform the lives of minoritized populations to provide access and opportunities for higher education to be able to find their passion and become successful professionals.