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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.


Ariana Avila

Student Engagement Graduate Assistant, The Carolina Latinx Center

Ariana is the Student Engagement graduate assistant with the CLC, working primarily with the Pulso Scholars program. She is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology where here interests are in health, U.S. immigration policies, Haiti, and the U.S. South. She is from Arcadia, Florida but has lived throughout the U.S. South, South America, and the Caribbean.


Cari Carson

Student Engagement Graduate Assistant, The Carolina Latinx Center

Cari is a PhD student in the School of Education, where she seeks to improve outcomes for low-income students of color with disabilities. Prior to coming to UNC, Cari worked as a special education attorney in North Carolina. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale and is a former special educator.


Roberto Negrete

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Roberto Negrete is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill; majoring in Anthropology. He is a Hermano of the Alpha Iota Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also involved in Mi Pueblo, an on-campus Latinx student organization, as a member of the Cultura committee. He was born and raised in North Carolina, but his roots run deep from Puebla, Mexico where his parents immigrated from more than twenty years ago.


Jackie Santillan

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Jackie Santillan is from High Point, NC and is a sophomore here at UNC. She is very excited to have the chance to work for the long-awaited Carolina Latinx Center and very eager to help develop this welcoming space/resource for Latinx students at Chapel Hill.


Gabriela Silva

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Gabriela Silva is a first-year student at UNC and is double majoring in Italian and Business. She was born in Rio, Brazil, but has lived in Charlotte, NC for most of her life. Gabriela hopes to use her position within the Latinx Center to positively impact the Latinx community at UNC.