Angela Vivar Romero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Orizaba, Veracruz. She is an educator, business owner, and travels the country (via Zoom now because of COVID) teaching first generation youth how to go to college, stay in college, and graduate. Angela worked in high schools and at Oklahoma State University coordinating the RISE Program and overseeing Hispanic/Latino Affairs. As she became a subject matter expert in university first year retention, Ms. Vivar developed a campus wide scholarship program and initiatives for first year and first generation students OSU. Soon after, Angela took a leap of faith and started her own education consulting and workshop facilitation business.
Angela currently goes to daily Mass, serves as the only Mexican American woman on her local United Way Board, is a former Miss Oklahoma Latina, Miss Hispanic OSU, two-time president of the Hispanic Student Association, an Emerging Leader Under 40, a Oklahoma NextGen award winner in Education, and was awarded the Golden Torch award at Oklahoma State University. She joyfully served the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, UnidosUS, for six years. Angela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Spanish from Oklahoma Sate University and a Masters in Education in School Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her fondest memory is gliding through the kitchen as a child, pretending to be an ice-skating Olympic champion as her mom applauded her “triple axles.”