Division of Student Affairs
West Chester University
Ms. Gloria Casarez, '93
Gloria graduated from West Chester University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and went on to complete the Executive Administration Program at the University Of Pennsylvania in 2005.
While a student at WCU, Gloria was active in student government, served on the Commission on the Status for Women and was a leader in LASO (Latino American Student Organization) for three years. Recently, Gloria was a speaker at the WCU Women’s Center speaker series, “Lunch and Learn. She spent time with WCU students and inspired many of them to embrace social justice advocacy.
As a founding member of the House of Manolo Blahnik, and member of the Board of Director of Bread and Roses Community Fund, she is a distinguished community leader whose work has focused on improving the lives of Philadelphia’s most underserved and at risk populations. Among her numerous accomplishments, Gloria was the executive director for The Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI) for 9 years. As a leader in public health, Gloria grew GALAEI’s programs, staff and more than tripled the agency’s operating budget. She has initiated and developed nationally recognized programs serving transgender people and gay men of color.
Gloria currently serves as the director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs develops priorities for the City on issues including public safety, education, economic development, health and City services, and civil rights. Gloria joined the staff of the Mayor’s Office in 2008 and is the principle advisor to the Mayor on areas relating to LGBT communities. Tonight, Gloria adds another recognition to the long list of honors for her leadership and community service. From serving as the grand marshal in the Philadelphia LGBT Pride Parade, organizing the first Philadelphia Dyke March, and OUT Magazine recognizing her as one of the Most Influential Leaders of the New Millennium to most recently with the Heroes award from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and Community Service Award from Dignity Philadelphia, Gloria has been a leader in her community.
Gloria currently resides in South Philadelphia.