Luis Sotelo
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Doane University, Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President

Luis Sotelo was born in Mexico, is a teacher at heart and a champion of human potential. He is the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Doane University, where he serves on the senior executive team, leading the university-wide portfolio on educational access, equity, and inclusion. As an advocate for educational opportunities for all, at the age of 16, he co-founded a youth development nonprofit that trained Latina youth leaders to launch community initiatives across Nebraska. Luis has served as a high school teacher, speech director, university admission counselor, college advisor, consultant to state departments of education, and guest speaker on educational issues at state and national forums, including those hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

Luis’ commitment to public service inspired him to run for Nebraska’s State Senate in rural legislative district 36 in 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Crete Chamber of Commerce, Blue Valley Community Action Partnership, and Nebraska CASA. Previously, he was the Vice President of the Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees and a member of the executive team of the ACLU of Nebraska Board of Directors.  

Luis has been a spokesperson on immigrant and Latinx issues on the pages of USA Today and has been quoted in regional and national Spanish media outlets including Noticieros Televisa, Fox News Latino, and Telemundo.

Luis is a Coca-Cola Scholar and a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication and Center for Leadership. In 2015, he received the “Inspiration Award” from the Nebraska Latino American Commission for his work in Nebraska schools and communities.