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As he prepares for retirement, Leo Calderón and others look back at his impact on the NKU community


Calderón spent 35 years as Director of Latino Student Initiatives at NKU
Dung Nguyen, News Editor

Leo Calderón assists students with whatever problems they have, be it paperwork or money for gas. He attends protests and rallies. He plays soccer and coaches his grandson in the sport. He buys coffee for everyone in his office. And he is going to retire on Jan. 1, 2022, after 35 years as Director of Latino Student Initiatives at Northern Kentucky University.

“There’s a time when it’s great to go ahead and move on,” Calderón said. “Doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the end of my career. I’m planning to keep busy in the community and do other things that I’ve always wanted to do.”

Calderón has been with the Latino Student Initiatives, formerly Latino Programs and Services, since its foundation in the spring of 2001. Under the tenure of NKU President James Vortruba, the office was established with the help of Dr. Greg Stuart, assistant to the vice president of student engagement....

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