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¡Bienvenidos!

We want to extend a warm welcome to all. The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University is dedicated to empowering Latino students. With the Institute’s support and guidance, students can fulfill their potential as servant leaders through cultural programming, designed to build stronger linkages to their heritage but also through education, academic scholarship, mentorship, professional development and critical thinking.

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute was created through a generous gift from our benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Carmen Ana Unanue in 2005. Our Catholic faith leads us as we aim to fulfill two intertwined missions, that of service and scholarship. The Institute offers excellent programs, available to all Seton Hall undergraduate and graduate students. 

For more information, please contact: 
Ana Campoverde, M.P.A
Executive Director, Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute
Seton Hall University- Fahy Hall 246
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9422 | ana.campoverde@shu.edu 

To support the work of the Institute, please donate here

Mission

Inspired by the legacy of Joseph A. Unanue, the Latino Institute at Seton Hall University advances, educates, and transforms students into the next generation of servant leaders in our ever changing global society.

Vision

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute will be known globally for developing outstanding leaders in science, business, the arts and public service.

Programs

Academic Scholarships

Development Initiatives 

Annual Gala - The Institute's annual fall gala raise funds for scholarships and programs. The gala brings together the Institute's alumni, students, donors and corporate partners to celebrate trailblazing Hispanic and Latino/a/x leaders and their accomplishments while highlighting the mission of the Institute.

Latino Institute Alumni Affinity Group - Led by Erika Ota Lietdke '18 and Daniel Cruz Pombo '16, the group serves as a forum of engagement for Seton Hall University alumni who are past scholarship recipients of the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute. The group participates in events, programs and philanthropic opportunities that promote alumni networking, current student engagement, and investment in the Institute. If you are interested in joining or learning more, please click here.

Professional Development

Cultural Programming

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: From September 15 to October 15, the HHM Planning Committee and University community proudly celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  If you would like to join the committee, please reach out to latinoinstitute@shu.edu.
  • Café con Joes: The event series welcomes diverse and dynamic speakers every first Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m., engaging the Seton Hall community in timely diversity and inclusion discussions, with a focus on Hispanic/Latino/a/x issues. Guests cover a range of topics including arts, health, sciences, business, philanthropy, communications, and current events. 
  • Ella Triunfa-Women in the Workplace Series: In celebration of Women's History Month, the Institute hosts a panel discussion that of distinguished women in diverse fields as they share their experiences in the workplace and message of empowerment. The 2021 theme will explore Women in STEM. 
  • African Diaspora, Black Identity, and Colorism (ABC) Series: In celebration of Black History Month, the Institute hosts a panel that explores the complexities and dynamics of race and intersectionality, thereby fostering better relationships between fellow peers and colleagues. The vision of the panel is to demonstrate the variety of perspectives and enable individuals to have more well-informed conversations around race and identity. The 2021 theme will explore family structure in the context of colorism, gender, and sexuality.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series: In partnership with collaborators across campus, the Series invites prominent Hispanic and Latino/a/x guests who are engaged in issues pertaining to the lives of American Latinos. 
    2015: Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
    2016: Juan Felipe Herrera, 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate
    2019: Dolores Huerta, American Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist, and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers
  • Young Minds Workshop: In partnership with local high schools, the program introduces students to college environments through a one-day workshop that promotes the arts and sciences. The program highlights the work of Latino contributors and authors.  
  • Guest Speakers: The Institute welcomes guest speakers year-round to collaborate and create impactful events for the University community. If you are interested in being a guest speaker or would like to share an idea for an event, please fill in this form

Seton Hall University provides additional Spanish-themed resources and the overall scope of Central and South American life. Please contact Professor & Librarian, Lisa DeLuca (Lisa.Deluca@shu.edu) for a consultation or visit the Latin American Research Guide.

Our History

Picture of J&C Cooking

Built on a rich legacy of service to the Seton Hall Latino community, the Joseph A. Latino Institute had its genesis as the Puerto Rican Institute, founded in the early 1970's. The Puerto Rican Institute was founded at a time when the University demonstrated its commitment to the special needs of the Hispanic community because of a growing concern to provide opportunities for the full development of Hispanic students. To read more about the rich history of the Puerto Rican Institute, please click here.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of a legislative mandate enacted by the United States Congress which had a significant impact on the governmental status of Puerto Rico that has impacted on its future development and domestic identity.  University Archivist, Alan Delozier, presents a comprehensive history in commemoration of the Anniversary of Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950 & Setonia. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) memorandum regarding equal rights in terms of learning-based opportunities.  The issue of language and the need to educate all children on a nationwide scale regardless of English-language fluency became the major talking point for many viewing the overall theme and subtext of this pronouncement.  On May 25th,1970 the DHEW issued a special directive from the pen of J. Stanley Pottinger, Director, Office of Civil Rights featuring the subject line: "Identification of Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of National Origin." University Archivist, Alan Delozier, presents a comprehensive history of Spanish Language Institute and Celebration of Bi-Lingualism at Setonia.

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