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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.




David Mora

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

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





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.






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.