Associate Director of College Counseling
Joined Milton in 2016
Julia Esquivel came to us with a rich history of working and living in a wide range of cultures and work environments. After graduating from Vassar with a degree in Women’s Studies, she worked for four years in the admission office of Haverford College, directing the college’s multicultural recruitment efforts and leading transition programming for first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds. Always interested in issues of health and social justice, Ms. Esquivel enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health program at Emory University, all the while still reading applications for both Emory and Haverford.
After earning her master’s in 2014, Ms. Esquivel returned to her hometown of Boston to direct epidemiology projects at the Fenway Institute. Much of the work involved interviewing and providing care and support for AIDS patients from the transgender and gay communities. Several papers she has co-authored about working with this population have been published. Throughout her time at Emory and Fenway, Ms. Esquivel also volunteered for five summers at College Horizons, a college access program for Native American high school students.
This last experience, and her work with the first-generation students at Haverford, ultimately pointed Ms. Esquivel to Milton. Wanting more of the sort of interactions she had with those students, she decided to shift her full-time energies to “the other side of the desk,” to counseling high school students in the college admission process. Happily, that decision included her joining our office. In addition to college counseling, Ms. Esquivel teaches a section of Senior Transitions in our affective education program and a section of Human Sexuality and Relationships (HS&R). In fall of 2017, she also organized the first national meeting of Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today (ACCEPT) at the annual conference for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
When she has a free moment, Ms. Esquivel is an avid runner (she ran her first marathon recently) and an even more avid foodie (with seafood at the top of the list).
B.A. in Women’s Studies, Vassar College
Masters of Public Health, Emory University
Reading applications for eight admission seasons allowed me to interact with hundreds of high schools and thousands of students. Out of all those applications and relationships, Milton stuck out as a school that truly cared about the development of each individual student. Being a college counselor at Milton has completely confirmed that perception. As I read students’ essays, hear about their extracurricular activities, and help them research academic programs of interest, I get a glimpse of what makes them tick, what they value, and who they are. It is an honor to be part of their journey as they learn more about themselves in the college process. I am excited about the futures these young people create for themselves and for others.