Nicole DeLiberis received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish adolescent education from Daemen College in 2014, and went on to earn a master’s degree in student affairs administration from the University at Buffalo.
Relocating to Decatur, Ill., DeLiberis serves as a residential communities coordinator at Millikin University, where she works in housing operations, supervises student staff, and interacts with parents and families on a daily basis. She credits much of her career success to the involvement of Daemen faculty and staff.
“The Modern Languages Department and campus life staff prepared me to take opportunities to learn and challenge myself,” said DeLiberis. “In my time in higher education, I have worked with international and first-generation students, as well as in study abroad programs that have given me the opportunity to connect with students and families whose primary language is Spanish.”
Knowing other languages has also encouraged DeLiberis to seek additional opportunities outside of her career, including serving as the sole interpreter for a week-long mission trip to Cuba through First Christian Church in Decatur.
“My favorite memory during my time at Daemen was the ongoing support of other students, faculty, and staff who helped create a sense of belonging for me in so many different ways,” said DeLiberis. “Being away from my family in Rhode Island could have been more difficult for me, but I immediately felt welcome at Daemen and that feeling continues even today as an alumna of the college.”