Affiliate Professor of Spanish within the School of Liberal Arts Wilfredo de Ràfols was awarded with certainly one of this yr’s Nevada System of Greater Training (NSHE) Board of Regents’ Educational Advisor Awards. This annual award honors excellent educational pupil advising.
Though he’s been educating for almost 30 years, de Ràfols mentioned he’s nonetheless studying and that he can at all times do higher. He at present serves because the director of the graduate program in World Languages and Literatures and at all times places his college students first.
“My greatest rewards actually come from my college students,” de Ràfols mentioned.
His dedication is to his college students and he at all times makes positive to know their aspirations, pursuits and targets, to higher mentor them throughout their graduate schooling.
Two of a very powerful values de Ràfols goals to instill in college students is honesty, adopted by collaboration amongst one another. His advising philosophy assertion definitely displays this and guides college students towards braveness and professionalism for open communication and honesty.
He mentioned it’s additionally actually necessary to him to offer an environment filled with curiosity and inquisitiveness that’s conducive to studying.
Though, the pandemic has impacted communication in educating and studying, de Ràfols continues to have a look at the optimistic outcomes in increased schooling. Effectivity and know-how have allowed for extra streamlined communication and collaboration.
The enthusiastic advisor mentioned his job isn’t completed as soon as college students graduate. He usually retains in contact together with his college students nicely into their skilled careers. The mutual respect he builds together with his college students extends from skilled advisor and professor, to long-lasting friendships.
“Being acknowledged for this award is motivational for persevering with to hold out my obligations,” de Ràfols mentioned.
Presently, de Ràfols is working with graduate college students on a analysis paper on novels by the Spanish writer Benito Pérez Galdós. He’s additionally working to launch a Hispanic Gateway Scholarship which can promote interdisciplinary majors and dual-degree packages.
His laughter, optimistic outlook and enthusiasm for schooling, makes this advising award nicely deserved for de Ràfols.