Gilberto Gonzalez says the time he spent at UW-Parkside pursuing majors in drama and history gave him valuable experience which he now calls upon as an actor, director and assistant professor of theatre and communication arts at Whittier College in Los Angeles.
"I had many opportunities to perform onstage in the Drama (now Theatre Arts) Department while appreciating the many complexities of collaboration in the theatre," he said. "I was also able to hone my skills in writing, reading and understanding the historical context of many different political movements, philosophical theories, and sociological influences between cultures in the History Department."
Gonzalez graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine, Wis. Initially, he chose UW-Parkside because it was close to home and it allowed him to keep working while pursuing his degree. Today, Gonzalez appreciates the far-reaching benefits of his decision."My experiences at UW-Parkside have afforded me the opportunity to maintain my view of society and the arts with openness and honesty," he said. "I know that without my time at UW-P, I would not be where I am today."