Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH). Co-founder of Lansing’s Refugee Development Center and former Co-Chair of Ingham Power of We Consortium, Vincent Delgado has several decades of experience in international and refugee contexts, innovative civic engagement projects and large systems change networks.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Communications, Delgado worked as a print journalist, covering humanitarian issues in Central America, labor in Mexico, and politics and local government in the United States. His work has appeared in major newspapers, travel magazines, and several Washington, D.C.-based political newsletters. Before founding the RDC, he served as Resettlement Director at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, and was responsible for the mass resettlement to mid-Michigan of Afghan families following 9/11 and the Lost Boys of Sudan, among many others. The Colorado native is fluent in Spanish and has worked as an English as a Foreign Language instructor and an adjunct professor in political science.
His current areas of interest include nonprofit management, partnership ecosystems, civic engagement curriculum development and assessment and student leadership. As a member of the Global Workshop, he published the documentary cookbook A Taste of Freedom: A Culinary Journey with America’s Refugees (2003) and was named International Humanitarian of the Year for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region in both 2005 and 2006.