On December 4, the Seton Hall community and the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute welcomed Patricia Ortiz, Retail Store Manager, NBC Universal Media, as part of their monthly Café Con Joes series. The event doubled as a holiday celebration for scholars and students.
Café con Joes is a monthly series for the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Scholars and students involved in the Institute. Every month, the series covers a new topic, ranging from arts, sciences and business to philanthropy, communications and professional development. The December edition featured Ortiz leading a discussion on how to be more philanthropic in the local community. Throughout the year, students have expressed interest in learning more about community service and how to make the time to be more philanthropic within their academic schedules.
Ortiz, who has a strong passion for giving back and making a difference, began a project called 100 Gifts 100 Smiles. The session explored Ortiz's work with organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and the New York Road Runners. Ortiz discussed her community service passion and guided students in identifying how they want to give back.
Ortiz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the town of Jarabacoa. When Ortiz was 9-years-old, her twin sister and her, moved to Newark, NJ, with her parents. Patricia studied fashion, business, and marketing in New York City. She holds an Associate of Arts and Science in Fashion Merchandising & Management from Berkeley College and a Bachelor of Science in Direct Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. For the past 10 years, Ortiz has dedicated her time to making a difference in the community. She has worked closely with cancer patients, facilitating several Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) workshops. LGFB provides hands-on makeup, skincare, wigs and head covering techniques to help manage their appearance after experiencing the side effects of cancer treatments.
In recent years, Ortiz has collaborated with the Lafayette Street School's program "Cookies with Santa" in Newark. The school collects gifts for kids, whose families cannot afford to buy toys and gifts during Christmas. Students and Ortiz discussed potential ideas to gather gifts for the students.
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