SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for December 2012
Assistant Director of Admissions for Freshmen Recruitment
When Ineliz Soto-Fuller came to Seattle Pacific University in 2006, 13 percent of students were students of color. This year, that number is 29 percent. Ineliz has had a huge impact in making SPU a place that is welcoming to all people. Please congratulate Ineliz for being named December’s Staff of the Month!
Hometown: Born in New York, and grew up in Pierce and King counties
Education: Bachelor’s from the University of Puget Sound; Master’s in public administration from Seattle University
How long have you been at SPU? Six-and-a-half years
What was your first day of work like? I don’t remember much about my first day of work, but I vividly remember the second day. I was commuting from Tacoma on the bus, and I slept through all of the stops. When I woke up, I scared the bus driver because he didn’t know I was there. The bus driver was nice enough to take me to a stop where I could get back to campus.
How is your faith different now than when you were in college? Now there are more gray areas where I have to seek God, and I’m less judgmental. SPU has really impacted me in going deeper and being amazed by God and the complexity that there is in God.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? My husband and I love to watch movies. Our favorite is to go to the movies and buy really buttery popcorn and mix it with skittles. We smuggle in the Skittles, because they’re too expensive, but we buy the popcorn.
What fictional family is most like your family? My Big Fat Greek Wedding, just the Puerto Rican version.
What’s your favorite part about your job? I feel like it’s not just a job, but that I’m fulfilling part of my calling.
What is the best Christmas or birthday gift you’ve ever received? For my 16th birthday, I asked my family for a trip to Disney World, instead of having a Quinceañera.
If you could live in any other place, where would that be? New York: I miss my family and my culture.
What is a goal you have for the next year? I belong to a Facebook group called the “Washericans,” and I hope to hang out with them sometime this year.
What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? I’m really passionate about underrepresented groups — especially youth — because I was one.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Ineliz Soto-Fuller as Staff of the Month!