College of Arts and Sciences

Meet Our Team!

Executive Director
DENISSE OLLER

Denisse Oller

A dynamic, multidimensional communicator with many passions and interests, Denisse is a both a consummate journalist and the Executive Director of the Joseph A. Unanue Institute at Seton Hall University.  During her tenure, Denisse has successfully transformed the mission and raised the profile of the Unanue Institute, creating a successful mentorship program linking Seton Hall Alumni with undergraduate and building effective partnerships with the advisory board,  key contributors in the corporate and private sector as well as related community based organizations.

Denisse has been instrumental in doubling annual donations and, for the first time, brought in corporate sponsors, including Goya Foods, Café Bustelo, PNC Bank, Pepsico, Enterprise and WABC to underwrite programming and contribute to the scholarship fund. She is responsible for all facets of fundraising and associated events. Her annual galas have been praised for its innovative venues and unique programming that attracted a broad spectrum of supporters and donors.

Denisse oversees the day-to-day operations and business functions of the institute including budget, staffing, marketing and communications. One of the most honored women in Spanish-language television, Ms. Oller has received widespread recognition for her work as a journalist, including positions as News Anchor at Telemundo and Univision.  In a career spanning two decades, she received five Emmys and nine nominations; five A.C.E. Awards; two Gracie Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in investigative reporting.  She was also named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanic Personalities in the United States.

Ms. Oller is currently pursuing her Non-Profit Organization Management Certificate at Seton Hall University.

Denisse says:  I love my job and the difference we make in the Latino community and Seton Hall everyday.  Our students are poised to be tomorrow's great leaders and innovators. I am so proud to be part of this team, and I am so thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Unanue  for their vision and generosity, and commitment to our Latino youth.


Graduate Assistant
ANA CAMPOVERDE

Ana CampoverdeAna has been the Institute’s GA since Spring 2013 and assists the Executive Director in the Institute’s day-to-day operations, fundraising, programming/initiatives, and oversees the undergraduate team’s work. She is of Ecuadorean descent and loves to travel. Ana completed her undergraduate coursework at Seton Hall, during which time her research was presented at the National Couch Stone Symposium. She aspires to use all her academic and professional experiences to propel changing the nonprofit landscape. She currently interns at The Ruder Finn Group-Finn Partners, one of the oldest and largest PR firms in the country. As an undergraduate student, Ana was a Unanue Latino Institute Financial Aid Grant recipient.

Ana Says: We all go above and beyond in our work because we believe in the Institute’s mission and we want everyone to know what we represent. It’s a true pleasure to have such an awesome, intelligent and driven team to help us fulfill the Institute’s mission. Our little family keeps growing and growing!

Area of Study- Master of Public Administration ‘14
Concentration- Non-Profit Organization Management

Undergraduate Work-Study Team
LUIS SOSA SANTIAGO

Luis SosaLuis joined the Institute during Summer 2013 and is our primary PR dynamo, spreading the word across campus of the Institute’s events. Luis was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States four years ago with his family. Working at the Institute has given Luis the opportunity to expand his knowledge about the Latino community. Luis loves to delve into the world of servant leadership and his work and studies have empowered him as a young immigrant Latino. Luis is one of the Joseph & Carmen Ana Unanue Student Scholarship recipients.

Luis Says: I believe the Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University is the magnifying lens through which we can see the power of Latinos in the United States and how we as a community fit and shape mainstream American culture. It is a great honor to be part of the Institute’s initiative.

Area of Study- Diplomacy & International Relations and Latin American, Latino/a Studies ‘15
Minors- French

DANIEL CRUZ-POMBO

Daniel CruzDaniel joined the Institute during the Fall 2013 semester and primarily keeps all the Institute’s databases up to date. Daniel was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He studied abroad in France and following graduation, hopes to continue learning more languages, travel abroad to experience different cultures and envisions himself living in South America, using his studies and experiences to help communities. Daniel is a distinguished Diplomacy student, a member of the Slavic Club and volunteers for Seton Hall’s SOS.

Daniel Says: Working at the Institute has given me invaluable contacts within my community and outside of campus. Working within teams on a variety of projects and being mentored has been an amazing experience.

Area of Study- Diplomacy & International Relations and Modern Languages (Russian  & French) ‘16
Minor- Economics

EMILY JEREZ

Emily JerezEmily joined the Institute during the Fall 2013 semester and manages the Institute’s social media accounts (Facebook & Twitter), bringing SHU students the latest Institute events, updates and trends. Emily is of Dominican descent and loves the rich background she comes from. Emily loves working with numbers (she loves a challenge!) and previously interned at Allstate where she learned the financial side of business and gave her better insight in to her field of study. For Spring 2015, Emily will be studying abroad in Spain to immerse herself in another culture. Emily is a recipient of the Joseph & Carmen Ana Student Scholarship and a participant in the Éxito Mentorship Program

Emily Says: Working with everyone from the Institute has made me feel like I am at home. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I am glad to be part of a dynamic, fun and hardworking family

Area of Study- The Stillman School of Business, Accounting ‘16

ANTHONY FIGUEROA

Anthony FigueroaAnthony joined the Institute in Spring 2014 and is the designer behind the Institute’s monthly newsletters and current event flyers. Anthony was born and raised by his Puerto Rican grandparents in Newark, N.J. Anthony is a very charismatic individual who revels in the opportunity to meet new people and create new connections. Anthony is a Joseph & Carmen Ana Student Scholarship recipient, a Martin Luther King Scholar, co-founder of the Kairos retreat program, and was recently nominated for Seton Hall’s Servant Leader Award.

Anthony Says: The Unanue Latino Institute has become a main center stone in my life since joining. My work here has allowed me to expand my ability to contribute more to the Latino community but as a public relations major, having the opportunity to work with a great media personality such as Denisse Oller has granted me invaluable experience that I will carry across my career.

Area of Study- Public Relations ‘17

ALEX MORAN

Alex MoranAlex is the newest addition to the Unanue Latino Institute. He is the Institute’s tech-expert and makes sure all the Institute’s equipment runs perfectly. Alex has interned at the Board of Education of the Newark Public Schools District and at TEMPO Networks, LLC as an IT specialist, web designer and developer. Through his internships, he has become more enamored with what computer science entails. Alex is a participant in the Éxito Mentorship Program and has had the opportunity to work with the Dean of Engineering and Sciences at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Alex Says: Having the opportunity to accept a work at the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute has challenged me to implement skills other than computer savvy ones. The opportunities here are endless, I’m very grateful to be part of the family and work toward the mission of the Institute.

Area of Study- Computer Science ‘16

Want to join our team? You can drop off your resume at our offices at any time or, if we have a position available, it will be posted in the student job database.

To learn more about the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, contact our GA at campovan@shu.edu or visit our office at Fahy Hall 246.

Contact Us

Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute
(973) 761-9422
Fax (973) 275-2217
latinoinstitute@shu.edu
Fahy Hall Rm. 246

Director Denisse Oller

denisse.oller@shu.edu

(973) 761-9422

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