“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
John F. Kennedy
[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]
Tania Gutierrez-Catasus was born in the fall of 1963, in Ecuador, South America. When she was younger, she relocated to United States and settled in the South Bronx, NY. She worked as a manager at a children’s clothing chain store, and it was there, where she mastered her retail and customer service skills. The stores were located in the South Bronx and also in the heart of Harlem, just across the street from the famous Apollo Theater. She was blessed to have the opportunity to interact with many races, cultures, genders and languages. Achieving an education was her ultimate goal.
In 2000, she joined the Facilities & Safety working as the Administrator Assistance to the Director. She was then offered the position of Liaison between F&S and UCF Human Resources. This position was developed to assist our Spanish speaking employees with every aspect related to HR. While working at UCF, She continued her education and obtained an AA degree at Valencia Community College. Subsequently, she was privileged to have earned a Bachelor’s degree, specializing in Spanish, a Florida State Certification on Translation and Interpretation, and lastly a Master’s Degree on Spanish Literature, here at UCF.
Since then, she has continued to provide assistance and support to countless university employees. She provides guidance on state benefits, open enrollment, and retirement. She also co-facilitates training with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Institutional Equity, Facilities & Safety, and other UCF departments. She also directs employees to appropriate agencies and resources, and translates numerous policies, procedures, and other documents for employees.
In 2017 she was awarded the UCF Faculty/Staff Diversity & Inclusion Impact Award.