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Mr. Josmell J. Pérez

Director, The Carolina Latinx Center

Mr. Pérez was born in Lima, Peru and moved at the age of 5 with his family to Northern New Jersey. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Psychology and Spanish and earned his graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. He was involved in the formation of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and now serves as the Center’s director.

Prior to coming to Carolina in 2007 he worked as Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment Director for Moravian College, where he led an initiative that resulted in the doubling of multicultural student enrollment. He also served as an Admissions Counselor at Ohio University in Athens, where his territory was the northwest part of the state.


Marcela Torres-Cervantes

Assistant Director, The Carolina Latinx Center 

Marcela Torres-Cervantes (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director for the Carolina Latinx Center. She is a Mexicana that was raised in Clinton, NC. From a young age, she loved school and the opportunity that an education would provide for her family to be successful. She attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for her final years of high school before moving to Washington, DC to attend college. She holds a BA in Sociology from the George Washington University and a Masters of Education from the University of Georgia. Throughout her academic experiences, Marcela became invested in Latinx advocacy, normalizing mental health discussions in communities of color, and student identity development in higher education.


Cinthia Salinas-Pavon

Program Assistant, The Carolina Latinx Center 

Cinthia Salinas-Pavon is the Program Assistant for the Carolina Latinx Center. She was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from UNC in 2019 where she majored in Global Studies. She enjoys working with students and has worked with elementary students to high school students. As the Program Assistant, she wants to help the Carolina Latinx Center grow and help Latinx students navigate college. She hopes to eventually teach English abroad and get her Master’s in International Education.

Roberto Negrete

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Roberto Negrete is a Senior, majoring in Anthropology and serving as the liaison for this year’s Latinx Leadership Alliance council. He is from Newton, NC and also serves as the President of the Alpha Iota Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated. Through these roles, he is excited to continue fostering a supportive and connected environment for our community.



Jackie Santillan

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Jackie Santillan is from High Point, NC and a senior majoring in Communications with a minor in Health & Society. She is serving as the chair of the 2021-2022 Latinx Heritage Month committee. She is eager to help develop this welcoming space/resource for Latinx students at Chapel Hill.



David Mora

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

David Mora was born in Lincolnton, NC and is currently a senior at UNC majoring in computer science. As the treasurer of the UNC-ALPFA chapter he hopes to make academic, volunteer, etc… opportunities more accessible for his community and its members.



Gabrielly Nolasco

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Gabrielly Nolasco is the Student Ambassador for Marketing at the Carolina Latinx Center. She is a Salvadorian that was born in Lenoir, NC. At UNC she is currently pursuing a Business major with a concentration in Marketing. As the semester begins, she is excited to work with Latinx students to create a positive and friendly environment.


Mia Melendez-Ruiz

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Mia Melendez-Ruiz (she/her/hers) is the new student ambassador for communications at the Carolina Latinx Center. She is a Puertoriqueña originally born in Athens, Georgia but grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, she was a part of the National Hispanic Institute, Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board, and the Latinx Leadership Forum at her school. She recently graduated from Westtown School and is now a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Management and Society with a minor in Spanish.

Paul Cuadros

Carolina Latinx Center Faculty Associate

Paul Cuadros is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Chicago Reporter, The Center for Public Integrity, and other national and local publications. He is the author of A Home on the Field, How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America, which tells the story of Siler City, North Carolina as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team. His book has been selected as common read at four universities including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 2014, the television documentary series Los Jets based on his book and produced by Jennifer Lopez premiered on cable television starring Cuadros. He is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is also one of the founders of UNC’s Carolina Latinx Center. Cuadros continues to write about immigration and the Latino community and is currently working on another book about the Latino community in the American South.