Asian Pacific Islander Desi Fund,

In Honor of Dr. Daisy Rodriguez Pitel.

Daisy has served as a transformative leader in numerous educational environments, having worked in higher education for more than twenty years. Beginning her journey in California, she has led areas in student and multicultural affairs, international engagement, and has taught courses in leadership, counseling, and Asian American Studies. Throughout this time, Daisy served as an advocate of underrepresented communities – raising consciousness, education, and leadership in our region. 


She is the Vice-Chair of the Tucson Metropolitan Education Commission, previous Co-Chair of the UArizona President's Asian Pacific American Community Council for ten years, and among her many honors – received Special Congressional Recognition for her tremendous contributions to Southern Arizona's Asian Pacific Islander community.