Guided by the dream of our benefactors, Joseph A. & Carmen Ana Unanue, the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University inspires and educates students to become the next generation of powerful servant leaders in our ever changing global society. Established in 2005, the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute celebrates ten years of great accomplishments by providing scholarships, promoting intellectual growth, encouraging students to pursue leadership roles, and developing our students as humanitarians.
"Back in 2005, when my dear husband Joseph and I made a contribution to Seton Hall University, our dream was to help Latino students have access to higher education and upon graduation become leaders in their respective fields,” said our beloved benefactress, Mrs. Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue. "I am delighted to see that in 10 years so much has been accomplished and so many students have been transformed by the institute. My late husband Joseph would be very proud.”
On October 21st, 2015, the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary fundraising gala, Jaleo!, at the New York Athletic Club. In Spanish, jaleo means party or fiesta. 2015 was truly a year to celebrate because of many milestones accomplished by the Joseph A. Unanue Institute and its students. This year’s honorees included Carlos A. Rodriguez,President & CEO, Automated Data Processing Inc., who received the Orgullo Award, and Roberto Llamas, Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company informing, empowering, entertaining and advocating for Hispanic America. Mr. Llamas received the Compromiso Award on behalf of his work with the Univision Contigo Campaign.
“It is difficult to overstate the impact that Joseph and Carmen Ana Unanue have made on the University through their support of student scholarships and their namesake center” Seton Hall’s President, Dr. Gabriel Esteban, continued to say that “it is truly the gold standard at Seton Hall for providing outstanding cultural programs and enriching opportunities for experiential and service learning to our students.”
This year, the Institute, together with the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, hosted His Eminence Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley for a lecture in April. Cardinal O'Malley serves as the Archbishop of Boston, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006.
During Hispanic Heritage Month in September, in partnership with the School of Diplomacy & International Relations, we welcomed Dr. Leonel Fernandez, former president of the Dominican Republic, to Seton Hall University. President Fernandez gave a riveting lecture on the challenges facing Latin America in the 21st century.
We proudly hosted Ms. Ida Castro, Esq., a renowned women right's advocate at Seton Hall University as the keynote speaker at the Women’s Leadership Forum. She is Vice President of Community/Government Relations and Chief Diversity Officer at the Commonwealth Medical College.
In October, renowned art history scholar at New York University, Dr. Edward Sullivan presented a lecture on celebrated Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller y Cestero and his impact on the Impressionist movement. Dr. Sullivan also discussed his latest book From San Juan to Paris and Back, during his presentation titled, “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and his Transatlantic World”. Thanks to the unwavering support from our benefactress, Mrs. Unanue, a select group of students from the University were given the opportunity to visit the Brooklyn Museum and enjoy a guided tour from the Curator of European Art, Dr. Richard Aste.
We want to whole heartedly thank everyone who has made these first 10 years an outstanding success. We cannot wait to share with you all our next 10 years.