Jose L. Fulgencio was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago and moving to the surrounding Chicagoland suburbs in the 4th grade. Jose currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma working on his start-ups, lecturing and living the life.
After graduating from Lyons Township High School, Jose attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at Northeastern Illinois University, Jose served as Student Government Senator, Student Trustee & Illinois Board of Higher Education – Student Advisory Council Representative.
In the spring of 2008, Jose studied abroad at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, which was an experience of a lifetime. After returning from Puerto Rico Jose participated in the Illinois Minority Internship Program, interning for the 2nd Legislative District Illinois State Senator. As an intern, Jose was an administrator for the Senator’s Annual Health Fair, one of the largest in the Chicago area, while also assisting with day-to-day office work. During the Fall 2009 semester Jose was admitted to the McNair Scholars Programs and was also accepted to the 2009 Junior Summer Institute Public Policy International Affairs Program at Princeton University.
With the completion of his McNair thesis: Plan Colombia: The Transformation of a Counter-Narcotics Policy, Jose presented at the 12th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference, University of North Texas as well as the 2010 African American and Latino Dialogue Research Forum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jose finally graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with Cum Laude Honors in May 2010 and became a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society).
Jose has a deep passion in serving the community and that is why he served as an N-400 advisor for the Albany Park Neighborhood Council (Chicago 2006-2009), had the privilege of becoming a big brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (2009) and a mentor in the East Central High School (Tulsa, OK) Mentoring Entrepreneurs Program (2013).
Upon completing his Bachelors in Political Science, Jose attended Oklahoma State University to pursue his Master of Arts in Political Science. At Oklahoma State University Jose served as the Vice-President of Pi Sigma Alpha and became member of the Hispanic Student Association. Jose’s graduate thesis dealt with one of his political passions, understanding voting habits of young Latinos and how they might contribute to the upcoming elections, titled Young Latino Voters: Are Young Latinos Associated with the Homogeneous (Tocqueville) Model? . Apart from academic studies, Jose was a Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for Meso Bio, a biotech start-up company, which went on to win the 2012 Riata Business Plan Competition. Jose graduated with his Masters in Political Science May 2012.
Upon graduation Jose participated in the EESA (Entrepreneurship & Empowerment in South Africa) program with the Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship as a consultant. Due to the passion for entrepreneurship Jose decided to stay at Oklahoma State to launch his next business (www.oyehelpme.net) venture and pursue a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, which he successfully completed May 2013.
Jose is currently a Lecturer at Oklahoma State University (OKC Campus) & University of Central Oklahoma Political Science Department, Blogger, Public Speaker, Certified Social Media Associate (e-Marketing Assoc.) and Certified Grant Writer.
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