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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.


Lesley Cisneros

Student Ambassador, The Carolina Latinx Center

Lesley Cisneros is from Durham, NC. At UNC, she is a junior who is double majoring in MEJO (advertising) and Communications. She wants to work in digital marketing in the future, hopefully adding more Latina faces to the business world. She is also a first-generation college student from a proud Mexican family. She looks forward to making the CLC a comfortable place for Latinx UNC students to call their own.


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.