Martha Draayer Hispanic Community Liaison
As Northwestern's Hispanic community liaison, Martha (Perez) Draayer helps the college's bridge-building efforts with the regional Latino community via church, school, family and community relations. She currently works as a bilingual early childhood special education teacher and consultant for the Northwest Area Education Agency—a position she will continue to fill until May 2020, when she will join Northwestern's staff on a full-time basis.
Martha is a 2009 graduate of Northwestern who earned a master's degree in early childhood special education from the University of South Dakota. She serves as a board member of CASA (Center of Assistance, Service & Advocacy) of Sioux County, through which she helps Latino members of the community with issues such as housing, immigrant rights, public safety and education. She co-founded PIECE, a series of adult English-language courses aimed to meet the growing needs in the Latino community. She also speaks frequently on a variety of topics for local churches, Northwestern's chapel, the Juntos program, Escuelita Familiar, and locally hosted Christian Community Development Association gatherings. Martha attends Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, where she has led adult Sunday school courses on immigration, sings in the choir and on the worship team, and teaches during the children's worship hour.