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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 | 

To support the work of the Institute, please donate here


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.


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


Seton Hall University provides additional Spanish-themed resources and the overall scope of Central and South American life. Please contact Professor & Librarian, Lisa DeLuca ( 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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