Daniel ZarazuaUniversity of Texas at Austin, Senior Academic Advisor
Daniel Zarazua is a higher education professional working on innovative best practices to improve academic advising practices across the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from El Paso, TX, Daniel came to Austin, TX immediately for his undergraduate education at UT Austin, focusing on government and sociology in the hopes of practicing law. However, after having the privilege being a teacher assistant at a high school in East Austin, he quickly realized the importance of education equity for all no matter what zip code one resided. Daniel graduated from UT Austin and moved to Las Vegas, NV to serve two years with Teach For America where he was a 5th grade teacher in an area that was high in need of teachers. In addition to teaching, Daniel received his M.Ed focusing on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
While teaching, Daniel quickly realized the importance of college access and the partnership between K-12 and Higher Education institutions. Daniel moved back to Austin, TX where he is currently an academic advisor for the Student Success Initiatives Office within the Enrollment Management Division. In this role, he has helped implement the first ever two-way text communication platform between students and academic advisors, as well as created academic degree maps for every major in every college to assist students in planning out a timely 4-year graduation. In addition, Daniel is currently President-Elect for UT Austin’s Academic Counselor Association where he will have the opportunity to lead over 400 academic advisors across the university in a new era of learning academic advising practices within the next year.
In his free time, Daniel volunteers with Young Men’s Business League of Austin, the city’s oldest social and service men’s organization, where he is currently Programs Co-Chair managing volunteers and activities for kids participating in Austin Sunshine Camps. Daniel is also a volunteer with Teach For America Austin Alumni Association, where he has been a Board Member for 3 years, and has assisted in creating TFA’s first ever Alumni Region in the nation in order to engage alumni out of their corps years. When not volunteering around the city of Austin, Daniel enjoys being active, reading, exploring Austin’s booming restaurant scene, and watching movies.