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“Omar, el Jaguar”

“Omar, el Jaguar”

Andrea Olatunji Launches children’s book series in Spanish

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Andrea Olatunji grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved to New Orleans in 2002 as the first Uruguayan to participate in a Fulbright teaching program.

She evacuated due to Katrina in 2005. When her first son was born in 2015, she and her husband decided it was time to return to New Orleans.

As a language teacher, Andrea finds stories to be a remarkable resource to enable children to explore their own cultural roots and get insights into different traditions and values. Through her teaching years, she always found it difficult to find the right resources for her Spanish lessons and usually ended up creating them herself, which was exciting but extremely time-consuming.

Two years ago, she decided to put a passion for books, art, and teaching together and start writing her own stories. And that’s “Omar, el Jaguar” was born. It is the first book of an upcoming series that promises to continue the traditional use of storytelling as a very natural way to help children learn a language.

As Andrea reminds us, “reading stories to children at a young age promotes a feeling of well-being and relaxation, increases their willingness to communicate their thoughts and feelings, encourages imagination and creativity, and, of course, increases their verbal proficiency.”           

What is “Omar, el Jaguar” about?

Omar is a lonely jaguar that wants to make friends. He encounters other animals that invite him to play but he thinks they are not suitable to be his playmates because they don‘t look like him. He later discovers that they do have something in common and that they need to team up to protect it. Being different can be an advantage after all.

How did you come up with the story and character for “Omar, el Jaguar”?

When I decided to create this series of books for children, I intended it to be more than just a story. I wanted it to teach beautiful values and to showcase our rich and diverse Hispanic culture. So, the idea of using animals that are native to the Americas as main characters popped up.  The jaguar is an amazingly beautiful animal which was considered sacred among many pre-Columbian societies. It is also in danger of extinction, so I thought this could be a great springboard to bring awareness into this issue.

I find the jaguar so fascinating that I even named my son after it. His name is Nahuel, which means jaguar in the Mapuche language. That‘s how “Omar, el jaguar” was born. This book delivers two important messages: embracing diversity and protecting our environment.

What is Cuentacuento?

Cuentacuento (meaning storyteller in English) is a site where parents and teachers can find beautiful stories to share with their young audiences. Storytellers have been some of the first keepers and spreaders of culture. In these challenging times when kids spend considerable amounts of time in front of a screen, Cuentacuento aims to foster the fascinating experience of telling and listening to stories.This project stems from an instructional framework that my husband and I promote as educational consultants in our company Align Education, LLC. The framework is called F.A.C.E.S., which stands for FUN, AFFIRMATION, CHALLENGE, EXPRESSION, and SUCCESS.  These elements – which we believe are crucial for learning and success – are behind all my stories.

Why are the stories in Spanish?

All the stories are in Spanish, but the educator guides, website, and other documents are in English. This is because my main audience is educators and schools in the United States. I am also trying to help those parents who don’t speak Spanish but want to expose their kids to the language. With time, I would like to make the website and resources bilingual but not the stories. Personally, I don’t like bilingual stories. I have a four-year old son and we read in Spanish or in English but not both in the same book. Having taught little ones, I never needed to translate to them. We would use mime, pictures, gestures, etc., to convey meaning, and here is where having the vocabulary contextualized into a story helps! You have the plot, the pictures, everything you need!

Tell us about upcoming projects.

Once the project gets funded, I will get my hands busy with the next book in the series. In fact, I already have it in draft, and it addresses an important element I think every student needs.

I am also planning storytelling activities, teacher workshops and school visits, among other things to promote the books.

Where can people get “Omar, el jaguar”?

The book is available now for pre-order. Being a part-time teacher, I don’t have the funds to carry out a project like this without help. For this reason, I am planning a fundraising campaign where people will be able to purchase the book at discounted price plus exclusive rewards. This launched September 9th.  Right now, anyone that’s interested can sign up to my website cuentacuento.com and get first dibs on these discounts and rewards.-

Jose Efrain Lozano

Jose Efrain Lozano

Math Resource Center Staff Instructor

Where are you from?

I was born in New Orleans, LA. My parents are both from La Ceiba, Honduras. I have lived there for 6 years as a child before moving back to New Orleans.

How long have you been at Xavier University?

I have been at working at Xavier for 20 months (since Aug. 2017).

What is the best part about working at Xavier University?

Seeing students express their gratitude for the support they have received at the Math Resource Center.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University?

The most recognized program at Xavier is the pharmacy program. However, Xavier

is a well-recognized school for its Science programs. That’s why I chose to attend Xavier to prepare for medical school. 

Why should someone consider attending Xavier University?

The classes at Xavier are academically challenging in that they force students to think critically. As a result, students are better prepared for post-baccalaureate-level work.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University?

Pre-Med and Pharmacy programs.

Yafreisy Martínez

Conozca Xavier University

Yafreisy Martínez

Student

¿De dónde es?

Nací en San Juan, Puerto Rico, pero mis padres son de Republica Dominicana.

¿Dónde vive?

Vivo en Nueva Orleans, Luisiana.

¿Qué estudia?

Actualmente estoy asistiendo a la Universidad Xavier de Luisiana, ya terminé mi primer año de especialización en química con énfasis en pre-medicina y empiezo mi tercer semestre ahora.

¿Por qué debemos considerar estudiar en Xavier University?

Xavier te prepara para hacer y ser el mejor en tu carrera. Xavier te prepara para salir listo. 

¿Cuáles son los programas más reconocidos en la Universidad Xavier?

El programa más reconocido es farmacología. Sin embargo, Xavier es reconocido por tener buenos programas científicos. Mi meta es ser doctora, por eso decidí estudiar aquí, y también porque ofrecen oportunidades de becas que permiten a muchas personas a acceder a una educación de calidad.

Rey Rivas

Rey Rivas, Spark foundation

By AnaMaria Bech 

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Where are you from? 

Piedras Negras Coahuila, Mexico.                                                 

Where do you reside?

Chalmette, LA.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?        

Every Tuesday, I get to see different parts of the city with the 504th run crew. I play soccer, read and I participate in any educational workshops or networking events that can help advance my business and non-profit. 

What schools have you attended?

Chalmette High School and Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Latino Studies/Latino Ministry with a minor in both Business and Spanish/English Translation.

What does your job entail?

I started Spine NOLA Construction, LLC along with my father. We focus on residential and commercial remodeling. I also lead the New Orleans chapter of a national non-profit organization called Spark Foundation which seeks to motivate and enrich multicultural diversity in the student and local communities through an individual’s success stories and testimonies. We also assist individuals achieve higher education with educationally driven scholarships, focused on students currently under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy (DACA).


Why did you get into this field?

My faith and flame grew my freshman year at SNU with the DACA immigration policy passed in 2012. This struggle shaped my vision. I didn’t know how then, but now with Spark, I am contributing to making someone’s educational dreams come true. As the vice president of scholarships and a founding board member, I plan on creating a safe community of DACA recipients and Dreamers here in New Orleans where they can share the journey and succeed through all obstacles. I plan to attract sponsors for the cause and provide the stories of brave individuals in need of funding opportunities and merit driven scholarships in order for their stories to help move individuals to a place to work towards their career goals.

 What makes you passionate about this work?

With Spark, we are trying to magnify the stories of those pursuing a greater way of life through education and impacting their community, regardless of their legal status or race. In the famous words of Kennedy,” Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This is our future. This is our Spark.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

New Orleans has really shaped me in seeing the world in one city, a world of diversity and community. People are friendly and outgoing, welcoming to all. The vibe is always for a good time!

Xavier University: Margarita Echeverri

Margarita Echeverii

By Anamaria Bech

Click aqui para español- >Conozca Xavier University Margarita Echeverri

Where are you from?

Colombia.

How long have you worked at Xavier University?

Nine years.

What is the best part about working at Xavier University?

I really like the family environment that Xavier University offers.

Why should someone consider attending Xavier University?

Xavier University offers its students an education with care and values.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University?

As the Educational Coordinator in Health Disparities, Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Pharmacy College, I have to recommend our excellent Pharmacy program which holds a place of distinction among the nation’s colleges of pharmacy and has allowed minority youth to pursue our mission of eliminating health disparities in underserved communities.

A Message From Carling Dinkler

Click aqui para español- >Un mensaje de Carling Dinkler

The largest population of Hondurans in the United States can be found in New Orleans. I celebrate this diversity and I’m proud that many Hondurans and Latinos have chosen to be a part of this community, contributing to our economy and culture. The Latino community has always had a strong presence in New Orleans, but immediately following Hurricane Katrina, they were quick to help New Orleans rebuild and allow an even stronger comeback.

I’m running for the State Legislature with the intent of advocating for immigration policies that keep families together, respect human rights and dignity, and give everyone the opportunity to succeed in our state and country—especially those who have historically not had a voice at the State Legislature. We can start by being more thoughtful about how we refer to these human beings—using language such as “undocumented immigrants” instead of “illegal aliens” would be a good start.

Not everyone shares these values. At the federal level, the Trump administration has taken an aggressive stance on immigration. Family separation, failed plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and dehumanizing asylum seekers have been hallmarks of this Administration.

Over the last two years in Louisiana, the number of individuals in local jails has decreased due to a number of reforms in the criminal justice system. But at the same time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed asylum seekers in jails and detention centers across Louisiana, adding about 2,790 to these local jails. ICE reimburses these local jails twice the amount to house a detainee, creating a perverse incentive to incarcerate more refugees. Many asylum seekers in these institutions have called their treatment “psychological torture” and have staged hunger strikes. The Office of the Inspector General found “egregious violations of detention standards.” Who will speak out for them?

It is immoral to treat asylum seekers like prisoners in this country; it is not the America I know and it is not how I want members of our community treated. Civil rights organizations like VOTE have mobilized to provide support in Louisiana. Still, many of these refugees are caught in a system that is difficult to navigate, provides little to no transparency in the process, and dehumanizes them. Little attention is paid to this issue and that needs to change.

The fabric of our community is comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and countries around the globe. We are strengthened by people who come to our city to work and raise their families. We need policies and laws that treat people humanely, keep families together, and reflect our country’s values of equality, independence and positive mobility. If elected to the State Legislature, I will commit to serving as this voice. 

 

Carling Dinkler

Candidate, House District 91

Louisiana Legislature

This message is brought to you by the Friends of Carling

Mari Alejos-Puente

Mari Alejos-Puente, CEO Passport Polish

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In just one year, Mari Alejos-Puente’s cosmetic brand company  Passport Polish has gained recognition around the world. Her love for traveling inspired Passport Polish, a solution for artsy instagrammable travel pictures that can now include the perfect  vivid nail polish colors that represent the elements of the various countries in your travel itinerary.

Born and raised in Mid-City in New Orleans to Cuban and Nicaraguan parents, Mari Alejos-Puente is the first entrepreneur of her family, which makes all her relatives extremely proud.

She is well educated. Alejos-Puente has a marketing undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and a Masters in Psychology from Xavier University. Having graduated from these institutions is special, because her mother and her grandmother held jobs their first job at these campus respectively when they first immigrated with no English and limited education.

Before becoming the Passport Polish CEO, Alejos-Puente worked in the medical field, like many of her relatives, until one night, inspired by an entrepreneur friend, she decided to give a chance to creating and devoting her talent, time, and effort to her own business.

She learned how to mix chemicals and colors to make her products, she is back in business school furthering her knowledge, and she is on top of her social marketing game, her online retail, and of fulfilling orders, creating customized colors, and providing her products to customers all over the world.

 

Passport Polish offers quality products that you can purchase on https://passportpolish.com/

Remember when you are buying these vegan, cruelty-free products, you are supporting the business of a local, inspiring,  fearless Latina.

Find your favorite colors and tag your pictures on Instagram with 

@thepassportpolish

Products:

The Caribbean Collection was the first batch of products to sell out! It was inspired by the colors of the countries Alejos-Puente had already visited in the Caribbean, which are also present throughout the city of New Orleans.

The Passport Pout line of lipsticks was launched in January. The colors are inspired by different countries and by the colors of their staple food items: Argentina for red wine, Cuba for “guava and cheese pastelitos”, Nicaragua for the chicha drink.

All the products are created by hand by Mari (she will have to outsource soon) and are vegan, cruelty free, and safe for sensitive skin. 

The Passport Polish Powders are inspired by more exotic destinations. 

You can dip your nails in the bright colors of Bali, Morocco, Brazil, Kenya and St. Croix, among many others, and your travel ready manicure will last around 2 weeks.

Cary Caro PH.D

Cary Caro PH.D

Asociate Professor of Management

Click aqui para español- >Cary Caro PH.D

Where are you from? 

Rio Grande City, Texas.

How long have you worked at Xavier University? 

Nine years.

What is the best part about working at Xavier University?

The sense of community that we are able to establish with our peers and with our students. Our small size is an advantage in really building a whole individual.

Why should someone consider attending Xavier University?

While our academic reputation in the Division of Business speaks for itself, we have an incredible placement rate for our graduates. We prepare you academically, and then send you off to wonderful opportunities in industry when you graduate.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University? 

The Accounting program at the Division of Business is renowned for placing nearly 100% of its graduates in either graduate school to complete their CPA or in their careers in industry. We are very proud of that here at the Division! 

 

The Division of Business is a “hidden gem” at Xavier. You should come to know our story and be a part of its writing!

Ashley García

Ashley García, Leasing & Marketing Manager - BGPM

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Where are you from?                                                   
New York City


Where do you reside?
Central Business District, New Orleans


What is your favorite place in New Orleans?
I go between newly curated boutique hotels that have preserved New Orleans culture like The Pontchartrain or Hotel Peter & Paul to restaurants with the best brunch and happy hours in town.  Lately, I have grown fond of the New Orleans Botanical Gardens.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
I frequent the local libraries. They are great spaces to get things done and get a smile or joke told to you by a nine-year old. The Rosa F. Keller library is my favorite! I also enjoy dancing with Ritmeaux Krewe!


What schools have you attended?
I studied International Business at Loyola University. I am currently finishing the Civic Leadership Academy class at New Orleans City Hall.


What does your job entail?
 
I help tenants find a place to call home. I manage the lease search and move in process at BGPM, and I am responsible for leasing our full portfolio, front desk management and marketing.

Why did you get into this field?
I have always had a passion for real estate. I had my real estate agent’s license in New York City when I was 17.
 
What is your favorite part of the job?
There is something new going on every day. This job takes me to the world. I meet many people and their stories along the road. I can capture special moments and experience historic episodes in life.
 
How do you support your community? 
I currently serve on board of local non-profit Fund 17. We just opened an incubator within the St. Rose de Lima campus for local entrepreneurs to be serviced. I also assist in advising a women’s organization on Loyola’s campus.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?
There are community organizations, panels and events that anyone can attend. You can easily be part of many. Other cities don’t have the luxury of being able to attend a board meeting on one side of town, take a dance class, have dinner and still make it to a concert all after work. This is powerful and truly represents the New Orleans professional/community ecosystem.

New Orleans has been and will continue to transform through change. If you have an opinion about an initiative or a cause, make sure to get involved. Those who impact a positive change in the community welcome all opinions! We can’t do anything if you aren’t out there having these conversations.

Vincent Barraza

Vincent Barraza

Digital Preservation Librarian

Where are you from?

Ventura, California.

How long have you worked at Xavier University?

Four years.

What is the best part about working at Xavier University?

I love discovering new/hidden collections deep in the Archives.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University?

The Pharmacy program has produced more African American doctors in the United States than any other University.

Things are changing rapidly in the Xavier University campus in ways that the city has never seen before. Over the last couple of years, Xavier’s big push has been inclusion, especially within the extended communities, minorities, and nationwide. I feel this will benefit the university as a whole and I’m excited about what the future holds for everyone at Xavier University.

 

Para más información sobre los diferentes programas ofrecidos en Xavier University, comuníquese con 

Priscilla Gonzalez-Felix en la oficina de admisiones al (504)520-7411

Yeishka Montalvo

Conozca Xavier University

YEISHKA MONTALVO

Ciencias Políticas, Clase 2019

¿De dónde es?

Criada dentro del servicio militar, para mí siempre es difícil contestar esta pregunta, pues he adquirido hábitos nomádicos y un síndrome de forastera que empecé a apreciar solo hasta después. Mi familia es de Puerto Rico, y considero a Puerto Rico mi patria.

¿Qué es lo que más le gusta de estudiar en Xavier University?

La mentoría que los estudiantes recibimos. Tanto la administración como la facultad demuestran un compromiso inquebrantable de capacitar a los estudiantes para que se conviertan en pensadores críticos dedicados a implementar cambios significativos en sus comunidades durante la carrera y a futuro.

 ¿Por qué alguien debería considerar estudiar en Xavier University?

La facultad invierte en sus estudiantes en formas que van más allá de la instrucción didáctica en el aula. El enfoque en la educación, tanto del estudiante, como de la persona, es tan básico que los estudiantes crecen y tienen éxito por cualquier medio que sea necesario. En Xavier University obtendrás una familia que te cuida y te desafía de una forma que no imaginabas que fuera posible.

¿Qué programas de Xavier University recomienda?

La universidad Xavier es reconocida por sus programas en ciencias físicas y farmacia. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Ciencia Política tiene un éxito fenomenal que merece reconocimiento. Los graduados de este programa han logrado avances significativos en la promoción de una sociedad más justa en el ámbito político local, nacional y global.

Para más información sobre los diferentes programas ofrecidos en Xavier University, comuníquese con 

Priscilla Gonzalez-Felix en la oficina de admisiones al (504)520-7411

Erika Perez,,Profesora Asistente de Neurociencia, Departamento de Psicología

Erika Perez,,Profesora Asistente de Neurociencia, Departamento de Psicología

¿De dónde es?

Soy de Sanger, una pequeña ciudad al norte de Dallas, Texas. Mis padres son ambos mexicanos y crecí valorando la cultura mexicana en nuestro diario vivir.

¿Qué es lo mejor de trabajar en Xavier University?

Los estudiantes, seguido por mis colegas. Los estudiantes aquí tienen mucha motivación y deseos de aprender. Todos en la facultad compartimos el deseo de ver a nuestros estudiantes avanzar y sobresalir. Y lo mejor para mí, es que en la Universidad Xavier me siento en familia.

¿Por qué estudiar en Xavier University?

Xavier University ofrece una excelente variedad de oportunidades profesionales. Los grupos de clase son pequeños, lo cual permite que la facultad pueda prestar mayor atención a los estudiantes, algo que no sucede en instituciones más grandes. Yo conozco bien a mis estudiantes y reconozco sus necesidades individuales que van más allá del aula.

La comunidad de Xavier es una comunidad muy acogedora. Lo que he aprendido en mi proceso de educación superior, es que, en general, los hispanoamericanos no estamos representados equitativamente, tal como los afroamericanos, así que conformamos nuestra propia comunidad donde descubrimos que tenemos más experiencias comunes de las que nos quisieron hacer creer. Cuando decidí aceptar mi posición en Xavier University sabía que iba a estar bien, porque iba a estar con otras personas que creen que la representación es necesaria.

 

Victor Nonato, Estudiante

Conozca Xavier University

Victor Nonato, Estudiante

Where are you from?

I’m from California.

Why did you choose to attend Xavier University?

I chose Xavier University because this school gave me an opportunity to go to

college tuition-free and live in another state.

How long have you been at Xavier University?

This is my second year at Xavier University. With my high school credit in AP’s

(Advanced Placement), I will be able to graduate next spring.

Is there something unique Xavier University has provided for you?

I am enrolled in a program through Xavier with Dillard University that is helping me take the LSAT and apply to law school.

Why should someone consider attending Xavier University?

People should consider attending Xavier because this university offers a unique college experience for minorities and because it’s located in a great part of the city. Xavier University maintains a reputation of promoting excellence through academic rigor and student-led community engagement.

 

Priscilla Gonzalez-Felix

Know Xavier University

Click aqui para español- >Priscilla Gonzalez-Felix

Where are you from?

I am Dominican. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY.

How long have you been working at Xavier University?

Two years.

What is the best part about working at Xavier University?

I love the welcoming and diverse environment on campus.

Why should someone consider attending Xavier University?

Xavier has an excellent academic legacy and nurturing environment where students can flourish.

What programs are the most recognized at Xavier University?

Pre-med, Biology, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Education and Counseling.

What makes you proud about Xavier University?

Xavier is rooted in service and community leadership. The mission of Xavier is very much a part of the culture here, to produce leaders in a global society means inclusiveness and diversity. Xavier celebrates diversity and inclusion and that is one of the most valuable things for me working at this university­­.

Ernesto Armando Posadas

Ernesto Armando Posadas

International Sales Executive: COPA Airlines

Click aqui para español- >Ernesto Armando Posadas

Where are you from?

1st generation Latin American of Honduran Mother and Guatemalan Father born and raised in New Orleans.

Where do you reside?

Currently in the process of purchasing a house in the New Orleans River Bend area.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans?

Saturday brunch and exploring all parts of our beautiful city with friends.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

Traveling, serving my community through various boards and committees, and CrossFit

What schools have you attended?

Jesuit High School; Tulane University – BA in Political Economy and International Development. What does your job entail? International Sales for Copa Airlines – I am responsible for Corporate Accounts, Group Accounts and servicing travel agencies in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. I also make sure that I am always networking and present throughout our community.

How did you get into this field?

God.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Working with people and connecting our region with Latin America and vice versa.

How do you serve your community?

 I serve on the board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber Young Professionals; GNO Inc.; Next Gen Council; World Trade Center International Business/Transportation Committee; Hispanic Young Professionals-Chair; Murphy Sports Institute Board; Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter Advisory Board Appointed by District 4; New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Azucar Ball Committee.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

I love my city. I have traveled around the world and I am always happy and proud to represent New Orleans. The people, how we treat each other and celebrate life is unlike anywhere else I have experienced. I love how polite and sweet people are in our city and I think it creates a special bond amongst New Orleanians. Our resilience.

Valeria Kawas

Valeria Kawas

By Anamaria Bech

Click aqui para español- >Valeria Kawas

Journalist, Noticias Telemundo

Where are you from? San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Where do you reside? Kenner, LA.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans?

I enjoy strolling around Magazine Street on a sunny Sunday.

What is your favorite food?

Baleada.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

I really enjoy doing domestic tourism in Honduras. I love to dance and have meaningful conversations with random people.

What schools have you attended?

For high school, I went to Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in Honduras. I graduated from Loyola University with a major in journalism and a minor in graphic design.

What does your job entail?

I'm a storyteller. I write, report, produce, and anchor news stories.

Why did you get into this field?

I felt I wanted to make a difference. Since a young age, I've been very curious. I knew through journalism I was going to find the answers to many questions.

What is your favorite part of the job?

There is something new going on every day. This job takes me to the world. I meet many people and their stories along the road. I can capture special moments and experience historic episodes in life.

How do you support your community?

The Hispanic community is my number one priority when it comes to my audience. I am able to speak for the voiceless and listen to what they have to say. I try to keep them in the loop.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

Being able to represent my country, Honduras, in the best possible way.

Anything else you would like to add?

We are here to support, inform, and help our community. Watch me on Telemundo 42.

Eduardo Courtade

Eduardo Courtade

By Anamaria Bech

Click aqui para español- >Eduardo Courtade

Programming Director, Latino Mix 97.5 and Tropical 105.7 Radio Stations

Where are you from?

Beautiful and beloved Mexico.

Where do you reside? New Orleans.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans?

Hard to pick just one. I love music and New Orleans has plenty places with great music. Frenchmen (street) is definitely one of them!

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

I like watching movies a lot, play music, and when possible, I paint a bit.

What schools have you attended?

I went to Warren Easton for High School and graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor's in Music Industry Studies and Marketing.

What does your job entail?

I do a variety of things that go from programming the music line-up for the radio stations to coordinating the creation of commercial spots. I also generate promotional ideas for our clients and listeners. In general, I deal with entertainment!

Why did you get into this field?

Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to work in the music industry. I couldn't make it as a musician, so I stayed in radio.

What services do you provide?

With the radio stations Latino Mix and Tropical, we foster a connection among businesses and their respective markets through the entertainment industry.

What advice do you give people who seek your services?

Knowing your business' market is the most important thing. Once you define clearly who you market is, everything else falls in place.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

New Orleans has a unique culture that is hard for many to understand. You must live here to decipher the pleasure we get from such a diverse, vibrant and fun city like NOLA.

Yiraliz Beltran

Yiraliz Beltran

Click aqui para español- >Yiraliz Beltran

Where are you from? Puerto Rico.

Where do you reside? Uptown, New Orleans.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans? Frenchmen Street / Hot Tin Roof Top.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy? Mother-Daughter dates, dancing, traveling, and walking my dogs.

What schools have you attended? Francisco Morales High School (PR), University of Maryland (BS – Criminal Justice), American Military University (MA – Criminal Justice)

What does your job entail? I currently manage the overall program and the development of workforce certifications, seminars and workshops; while working very closely with strategic partners in the community to establish partnerships with Xavier University.

Why did you get into this field? It started as a part time job while working on my BS and I fell in love with it. Helping students achieve their educational goals is very rewarding. It just makes me smile!

What services do you represent at Xavier University? All kinds of workforce certifications with the most popular in the Latino Community being Entrepreneurship, Health Communications, and Spanish for Health Professionals. I can also assist with all the information for our seminars, workshops and the graduate programs offered by Xavier University. We are currently offering a workshop completely in Spanish through our Sanford Institute of Philanthropy on Demonstrating Success rather than Evaluation. This is perfect for non-profit organizations and it’s also great for anyone interested in learning how to better use data to demonstrate their program's success

Why should someone choose Xavier University? Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts. The university truly cares about the students.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans? The hospitality and diversity of New Orleans makes me feel a little closer to home. I love the fact that you can go out and enjoy something different every day of the week all year around. I think being part of Xavier has opened many opportunities to show our community we are here for them. I am extremely happy with my decision to move to New Orleans to take a job opportunity with Xavier University that was offered right when I needed it, and I feel I can call NOLA my new home.

What advice do you give people who want to advance in their career? Anyone interested in acquiring new skills for workforce development should check out our certificates, seminars and workshops. They can contact me directly at (504) 520-7654 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lindsey Giselle Navarro

Lindsey Giselle Navarro / Executive Director El Centro

By AnaMaria Bech

Click aqui para español- >Lindsey Giselle Navarro

Where are you from?

Houma, Louisiana, with Panamenian blood (my parents are both from David, Chiriqui)

Where do you reside?

Uptown, New Orleans.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans? The Fly.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

Sailing, running, playing soccer, dancing, karaoke, traveling, eating at "La Pulga" and volunteering.

What schools have you attended?

Vanderbilt Catholic High School, Loyola University and St. Peter University for undergraduate BS Criminal Justice (2006), Loyola University for MBA (2014).

What does your job entail?

As the Executive Director of a newly founded organization, I do everything from community canvassing to creating the presentation materials to executing the workshops. I also facilitate individual meeting consultations, create the strategy for program development and do fundraising to strengthen the organization.

Why did you get into this business?

I launched El Centro because I noticed there were many small business resources and technical assistance providers working within the English-speaking community but not with the Latino community.

What services does El Centro provide?

Informative Sessions. 2-hour informative workshops, networking, and presentation on topics relevant to starting and managing a business.

Individual Consultations: Personalized time to guide individuals whether launching a new business or building and establishing credit. We also provide strategic consulting for established business owners to help them grow and scale their business.

What do you enjoy most about your job? My passion has always been small business consulting. By devoting my time fully to it, I get to empower and encourage others to follow their dreams. My favorite part is seeing entrepreneurs light up after meeting with us when they realize they are no longer alone.

Why should someone choose El Centro?

We have experience, we are connected to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and will leverage our connections to help you and your business grow.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

I am proud to support the growth of the entrepreneurial community in our city. The diversity of businesses and people make this place special and fun.

What else should people know about El Centro?

El Centro is looking for partners, leaders, and volunteers in the community who want to help empower others. We need people in marketing, legal, accounting, and tech fields, sales professionals, community leader, and entrepreneurs, who can help us by sharing their knowledge and expertise hosting workshops or sharing their story. We want to build a supportive and inclusive ecosystem that will ensure the success of our Latino community through amazing volunteers like you.

El Centro is a not for profit 501(c)(3) that seeks to strengthen the financial wellbeing of the Latino community through financial literacy in the form of group trainings and individual coaching and mentoring.

Tulio Murillo

Tulio Murillo

By Memo Perez Lara

Click aqui para español->Tulio Murillo

Where are you from? Born in New Orleans, LA. My parents are from Honduras.

Where do you reside? Kenner, LA.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans? The Foundation Room at the House of Blues.

 What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy? Traveling, festivals, jogging & exercising.

 What schools have you attended? I graduated from Bonnabel High School (Class of 1990). I went to Delgado Community College to attain an Associate Degree in Civil Construction and Applied Engineering. I’m currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a Minor in Marketing at Tulane University.

What does your job entail? Managing and marketing of Classic Insurance Agency.

Why did you get into this business? To fill the need of providing insurance policies and information to a Spanish-speaking community in the New Orleans metropolitan area

What services does Classic Insurance provide? Auto insurance, Homeowners insurance, Commercial insurance, Workers Comp., General Liability & Umbrella Coverage insurance policies.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Guiding my customers and helping them understand their policies and needs for any new venture. I also enjoy meeting new people in the community.

Why should someone choose Classic Insurance? We have over 20 years of experience with a quick turn around on issuing coverage and polices. We are always glad to assist, and we are open six days a week with convenient hours.

What is your goal for your customers? Making sure that every single one of our clients leaves our office with the correct coverage, understand their policies, and peace of mind. Our customers are always welcome in our offices and they can always come see us for additional information.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans? The diversity and culture that we are surrounded by, and how we all come and work together in times of need.

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