Success Stories of Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame

Author: Patrick Borders

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Members of the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame will discuss their personal and career choices since their college years. Many are pioneers and leaders in their career paths and aim to share their experiences & mentor ND students.

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Panelist include:

Elizabeth (Liz) Bodamer (she/her/ella) is the Indiana University Bloomington Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Policy & Research Analyst and Senior Program Manager. Prior to LSAC, Liz was the American Bar Foundation/AccessLex Doctoral Fellow in Legal Education and Higher Education. She has a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. Her dissertation work focused on factors that impact minoritized law students' sense of belonging. While in graduate school, Liz was the Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Maurer School of Law for four years. Liz holds a JD from Indiana Maurer School of Law. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a major in sociology. While at Notre Dame she lived in Farley Hall, participated in the Summer Service Learning Program, and for three years she was the student assistant to Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas, the founding Director of the Institute for Latino Studies who concurrently held the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies and Assistant Provost at the University of Notre Dame.

Timi Aguilar is the President and CEO of Aguilar Public Relations, a firm dedicated to creating and executing public affairs strategies that build brands and grassroots campaigns for companies of all sizes. They serve a variety of clients including non-profits, government, small businesses and Fortune 100 companies across the U.S. She has provided strategic counsel to executive leadership and managed high-profile projects and events for investor relations and government affairs for brands such as AT&T, Baker Hughes, State Farm Insurance, McDonald’s USA and many others. Her work spans from legislative strategies and messaging for grassroots campaigns to coordination of local town hall meetings, press events and communications with the U.S. Administration, members of Congress, state legislators and city government officials across the country.

A West Texas native, Timi attended the University of Notre Dame (’91) and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Government and Film & Television. She resides in The City of Castle Pines, Colorado with her husband Rob Merkle and their three children.

Originally published by Patrick Borders at on September 21, 2021.