Gaby Ortiz Flores

Gaby Ortiz Flores

Assistant Director, The Multicultural Center She/Ella


Languages: Spanish and English.

I was born in Iguala in the state of Guerrero in México. My mother’s side of the family is from Guerrero and my father’s side of the family is of Maya descent from the state of Yucatán. When I was about three, my parents brought me to United States. Writer and photographer Taiye Selasi talks about the difference between where you’re “local” as opposed to where you’re “from.” In that spirit, I’m a local of the Mercado in Iguala where my maternal grandparents sold clothes and Santa María Tomatlán where I lived with my paternal grandparents until I was three. I am also a local of the Chicago neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, Marquette Park, Hyde Park, Andersonville and Rogers Park. These are the places that nurtured me from my childhood to adulthood. I am from black box theaters, ensemble performances, writing workshops, youth leadership programs, and the stories that are shared with me. I attended the University of Chicago where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in English literature and language. I received my Master’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago in digital media & storytelling.

I’m currently the Assistant Director in The Multicultural Center. I started working at the University in the ASUN Center for Student Engagement serving as an advisor to student government, overseeing special events, democratic engagement initiatives, and later working closely with student clubs and organizations. Prior to joining the University, I worked in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Chicago. I also spent a number of years working in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to working in student affairs, I have roots in theater, arts education, digital media, youth work, and activism.