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Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies News and Events


NJCU as a Hispanic-Serving Institution: A Town Hall Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
Time: 11:30am – 1pm
Location: G-SUB Multipurpose room B or via Zoom

To attend in person or via Zoom, register here:


2nd Annual Pa’Lante Graduation Ceremony For Hispanic/Latinx Students
Date: Friday, May 20th, 2022
Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM
Where: GSUB Lobby


Past Events

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Book Party with Author & NJCU Alumnus Alvert Hernandez

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
GSUB Room 129 or via Zoom

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Conversations: Latin America and Caribbean Issues Series

Thursday Feb. 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Karnoutsos Room 102

Dr. Natoschia Scruggs
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center

"Interrogating the African Diaspora in Latin America"
Dr. Scruggs’ research focuses on contemporary and historical public policy formation and analysis, particularly as they pertain to global migration. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles and book chapters addressing family violence, elder abuse, sexual exploitation, displacement, and state violence.

Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center Webpage   


Poetry Slam: My Story/Mi historia

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: GSUB Multipurpose Room B or via Zoom

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Day of The Dead Student Contest

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Gilligan Student Union Building, Room: 129

We would like to congratulate Tionna Watson, NJCU student in the Graphic Design program, for her art work submission and Francy Poster, NJCU student in the Spanish program for her altar submission. Both students won our 2021 Day of The Dead Contest.

Category: Art Projects

Winner: Tionna Nyasia Watson

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Category: Art Projects

Winner: Francy Moser

Title: A mis Ancestros

Francy Moser alter artwork installation

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Latinx Student Success: A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Zoom

The Panel:

  • Cristian Vergara
  • Alvert Hernandez
  • Jodi Bailey
  • Yalile Suriel

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Conversations: Latin America and Caribbean Issues Series

Thursday Sept. 30, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Karnoutsos 102

Dr. Marcelo E. Fuentes
Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures, NJCU

The Racism of Imperialism: Latin American Natives through European Eyes

Dr. Fuentes’s research focuses on expressions of imperialism, Islamophobia, and racism in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Middle Ages to early modernity. One of his most recent publications is the article “‘Crespo e Nuu e Negro’: Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by Portuguese Authors “in the journal Essays in Medieval Studies.


El Día de los Muertos: A Day of Remembrance

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Virtual Celebration November 2 - November 6, 2020

Welcome to NJCU's Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies and the Council for Hispanic Affairs
Virtual Celebration

Join us!!! ¡¡¡Únete!!!

Celebrating and exploring our cultural heritage through this holiday honoring the dead and the cycle of life and death. Learn different aspects of the Día de los Muertos celebration and how it is and practiced in our community!

Our Program/Nuestro programa

Welcoming remarks
Dr. Cora Lagos, Co- Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies.
World Languages and Cultures, Chair. NJCU.

El Altar del Día de los Muertos
Dr. Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller, Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies. NJCU.

La Tradición del Día de los Muertos
Cristian Vergara.
Advisor for University Advisement, Vice- President of CHA and this years’ HACU speaker. NJCU.

Celebrating Death and Identity in Mexico and the Yucatán
Dr. Virginia Ochoa- Winemiller, Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies. NJCU.

The impact of Covid-19 in our Community
Dr. Joyce Wright, PhD, RN, CNE, RN to BSN Coordinator for Wall. NJCU.
Zoom Passcode: 2#Vif2x+3I

Battle of the Brains

NJCU was invited to participate in the inaugural HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institutions) Battle of the Brains

HSI Battle of the Brains is a virtual competition that begins on the morning of Wednesday, October 14, 2020 with an exciting program continuing through to the Finals on Saturday October 17, 2020. In the competition, teams will be given 24 hours to provide a comprehensive solution to a complex business problem. Teams will be competing for cash prizes and the title of 2020 HSI Battle of the Brains champion. Additionally, this virtual event will give students the opportunity to join a national network of peers and to participate in exclusive opportunities to engage with executive leadership and hiring managers from top employers from around the globe. 

Battle of Brains Participants

Professor David Blackmore and Professor Cora Lagos are sponsoring the team on behalf of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
You can learn more about HSI Battle of the Brains by watching this video about HBCU Battle of the Brains.

NJCU Team Coaches
Dr. Jorge L. Medina (NJCU School of Business)  Team’s Official Coach

Competing Students

Catalina Fernandez, Junior, Economics/Finance Captain
Gercy Sorto, Junior, Accounting/Finance Captain
Maytte Cadena Senior, Biology, Mathematics
Jessica Menjivar Senior, Biology
Raymond Smikle, Senior, Biology
Emily Jaramillo, Senior, Biology
Haydee Soriano, Senior, Political Science/Psychology

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Reading and Book Signing

Richie Narvaez reads from:
Hipster Death Rattle

Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 p.m.
Michael B. Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Richie Narvaez will read from his new Brooklyn-noir detective novel, Hipster Death Rattle. Gentrifiers are being hacked to death by machete in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Will slacker—up until now—journalist Tony "Chino" Moran step in to help find who has been attacking his new neighbors?

Narvaez is also the author of Roachkiller and Other Stories and was New York Chapter President of Mystery Writers of America. He has taught at Columbia University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, FIT, and NJCU.

Sponsors:  The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies; the Council on Hispanic Affairs, and the English Department