Mr. Altamirano is a self-proclaimed Student Affairs agent of change and is a champion for underrepresented communities. Gerry’s experience is centered in serving others; he has served as an early education dual-language teacher for Fort Worth Independent School District in Ft. Worth Texas, has served adults with disabilities within the public sector of supported employment in Dallas Texas, as well as served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Disability Services at Texas State University. Currently Gerry serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Disability Resource Center at the University of Florida. Gerry received his Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Bachelors of Art in Psychology with a Spanish minor from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently in pursuit of completing a doctoral degree in Adult, Professional and Community Education at Texas State University. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Bilingual Education Generalist. Gerry’s research interests include: self-actualization and identity development in adults with disabilities, examining post-traumatic growth in marginalized communities, and the positive effects of bilingualism in life-long learning.