Celebrating Staff: Mauricio Rivera-Quijano

Meet Mauricio Rivera-Quijano, Education Program Coordinator in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Allie Voisin - 06 January 2022

Mauricio Rivera-Quijano, Education Program Coordinator for the School of Public Health, is no stranger to the University of Alberta. He's supported the School for over two years, but before that, he worked with the Faculty of Science for five years and supported instructors and staff at Campus Saint-Jean, IST, and CTL. 

His wealth of knowledge and expertise ensures the School of Public Health runs smoothly on the "techy" side of things. Hear more about his work, why he enjoys what he does, and a lesser-known fact most of his colleagues don't know about him. 

What does a typical day of work look like for you?

During the pandemic, and working from home, my daily routine starts at 8 AM. Checking email and calendar is one of the first things that I do every morning. I proceed with the follow-up of my emails and revising my notes for my meetings. I always have my eClass open and ready to go to any course according to the instructor's requests. 

I continue with my projects (courses, guidelines, Indigenous Initiative, etc.). Readings is a part of my everyday routine, mostly articles related to Indigenous People, Public Health, and Reconciliation. 

To maintain my personal equilibrium, I started last year to take one hour of exercise at the gym in my building, normally in the afternoon. After this break, I continue with my office work and I stop around 5 PM when I start cooking.

What’s the most common question people ask you about your role?

What exactly is your role and how can you help me with my course or are you the “techy” person at the School? 

Where is your favourite spot on campus?

The HUB! I miss the ambiance around noon when students are trying to find a place to eat something and talk with classmates. 

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you? 

Political engagement: I used to be student leader in my country and because of my engagement against the Militar Regime, I was a political prisoner for a year and sent to exile later. Quebec city was my new home as a result. And another thing, I love to smoke Cuban cigars!!

What do you enjoy most about working at the University of Alberta School of Public Health?

People! From senior administration, students, instructors, and staff, everyone is so helpful, friendly, and supportive.

Anything you’d like to add?

I can´t wait to have the chance to meet you in person — each and every one of you!!!!


This interview has been shortened for brevity and clarity.