Oscar Mercado ‘18

Hometown: Palatine, IL
Major: Mathematical Sciences
Future plans: Become a math teacher

The University of Illinois Springfield is preparing future math teacher Oscar Mercado to be a leader in the classroom. At UIS, he is the president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), colony president of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., treasurer for Multicultural Male Society and a mentor for the Hispanic-Latino Mentorship Program. Following graduation from UIS, Mercado wants to teach at a “school of need” where he can encourage other students to earn a college education. “I am glad that I chose UIS,” he said. “It’s opened up a lot of different opportunities for me and a lot of doors. I’ve gotten to meet incredible people and really establish myself not only as a student, but as a leader.”

Leadership is lived at UIS. Every day.