Top 100 Women of Impact: Erika Buenrrostro

Erika Buenrrostro

Director for Student Success & Enrichment, UA Cossatot

About me: I received my associate of arts degree in 2006, my bachelor’s degree in human resources development in 2008, M.A.Ed from UA Fayetteville in 2016 and 18 graduate level credits toward a second master’s in romance language from the University of New Orleans, allowing me to also serve as an adjunct instructor. I am an exceptional, highly motivated, dedicated person who carries the attitude and compassion for the community I serve. Because I have developed a strong sense of devotion to higher education, community organization and change, I have been the mastermind behind new initiatives which have helped UA Cossatot reach a diverse population. I truly believe that if you can believe it, you can achieve it.

Lives/Works in: De Queen

Best Career Advice: Always remember to look back and help lift those that are still trying to make it along the way. Never forget where you come from, who helped you along the way, those that never left and those that did. Thanks to all, you are where you need to be today.  

Proudest Moment of Impact: When I know I have helped make someone’s life a little bit easier. I strongly believe that every person I have met or any job that I have encountered is not a mere coincidence. It paves the way to help guide others. The proudest moment for me is when I see a member of my community and/or students reach their full potential.

Call to Action: I would like to see more young people be involved in our local government/agencies. There is so much to be done within our advisory boards and committees. Such involvement would provide them with knowledge and skills that would help them make a difference in their communities while bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table. 

What Keeps Me Motivated: My parents’ vision to provide a better life for me is what drives me to be a better person. Thanks to their efforts, I am who I am. They paved the way to make me the strong, independent woman I am today.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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