Prior to becoming the Wellness Center coordinator at Truman College, Irene Aleman provided mental health case management for marginalized communities in Chicago. That work propelled her interest in her current role, as the Wellness Center provides free mental health services and support for other basic needs to Truman College students.

Irene is often the first person students see when they seek out services from the Wellness Center, and she strives to create a welcoming, safe environment. In her role, she helps to connect students with resources offered at Truman’s Wellness Center, as well as other free or low-cost resources throughout the city.

“Just to be able to have that small part to help our students graduate or even persist… it actually feels very humbling to be able do that,” Irene said. “It’s an honor to be able to support our students.”

Due to her passion for supporting student success, Irene was awarded a City Colleges of Chicago Luminary Award earlier this year.