Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Claudia Ayala

An Outstanding Islander

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Reaching Out to Students
Claudia Ayala considers the Island University a thriving institution where faculty and staff work together to instill hope and create a positive impact for our students. Ayala, who earned her master’s degree in counseling in 2002 from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has worked at the University Counseling Center since 2005. The Austin, Texas, native has been instrumental in making impressive changes to benefit students at the University. Ayala says she’s fortunate to counsel both groups and individuals and engage in collaborations across campus to sponsor numerous outreach activities. She is coordinator of alcohol and drug programming for the counseling center; co-chair of the Islanders Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT); and lead writer of the NCAA Choices Grant proposal and grant coordinator. Every year, she chairs events drawing in hundreds of students including the President’s Picnic and the Late Night Breakfast, as part of the University’s Waves of Welcome committee events. Ayala actively participates in outreach activities including the Great American Smokeout; MIP Class; National Alcohol Screening Day; and What’s Your Weed IQ? Ayala, who is also secretary of the Student-Athlete Health and Wellness Advisory Committee (SAHWAC), is involved with Wild and Wacky Wednesday, Aloha Days and the Wellness Expo. She’s also the mind behind the slogan “Islanders Think, Choose, Graduate,” which encourages students to make the healthiest choices in their lives for overall wellness.

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