El Centro Student Employment & Leadership


El Centro offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to acquire teaching skills, cultural competence and sensitivity while helping leading El Centro Conversation Classes. This position prepares conversation leaders to think critically, embrace diversity and inclusion, and work on social justice through leading within and beyond the classroom, meaningfully participating in a global society.

El Centro Conversation Leader provides high quality and effective, non-credit bearing Spanish language instruction through dynamic teaching methods that are centered around faculty, staff and students, and their individual language goals and needs. This position is committed to engage students in conversation classes, community service opportunities and events related to El Centro.


Aminata Harris is the CL for the Intermediate High/Advanced Low class. She is a senior at Elon University from Tucker, GA. She is majoring in Spanish with a minor in sociology. Using these, she hopes to find a position that incorporates her passion for gaining a deeper understanding of the social issues that impact diverse, interconnected communities. At Elon, she spends her time helping the local community with her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, working within Student Life, and now helping with a conversation class in El Centro.

Sofía Cordova is the CL for the Spanish for Law Professionals class at Elon School of Law. She is a first year at Elon University. From Arequipa, Peru; she’s majoring in Psychology and considering a minor in Anthropology. She is passionate about cultural identities and helping people when needed, creating awareness and encouraging others to live fulfilling lives. She is part of the Latinx Hispanic Union. After graduation, she’s hoping to go back to Peru and focus on bringing out the best of people to enable their communities to thrive.

Sariemma Méndez is the CL for the Spanish for Pre-Health students. She is a Senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Exercise Science and Biology. As an aspiring physician, Sariemma is leading in the planning of the Spanish classes for Pre-Health Professionals while promoting an environment of cultural competence and cultural humility.



The Student Coordinator position in the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education (CREDE) and El Centro is a highly-selective student leadership development position for Elon University students of all identities and backgrounds interested in a hands-on experience in social justice work. El Centro Student Coordinators are Elon’s grassroots leaders, organizers, and facilitators for campus-wide discussions, reflections and action on issues surrounding race, ethnicity, and the teaching of the Spanish language and its cultures.This is a paid position. 

Each year, the CREDE and El Centro rigorously train a team of Student Coordinators to develop a deep and self-reflective analysis of race and ethnicity, build critical-thinking skills, and foster exemplary leadership in order to prepare students as professionals and citizens for social justice. Over the course of the year, Student Coordinators receive mentorship and work closely with CREDE and El Centro staff while leading race, ethnicity, and diversity related programs in specialized program areas.

Lucia Safie is a junior double majoring in Marketing and International Business here at Elon University. She is an international student from El Salvador. Lucia works on bettering the Latinx/Hispanic resources on campus and keep educating the Elon community through social and cultural events and panels. She hopes to work with multinational companies to help create a more respected and diverse environment for people.


Carolina Ferreyros is a Junior from Lima, Peru. She is an International and Global Studies and Spanish double major, who hopes to work in international development with a focus in Latin America. She is the current volunteer coordinator for the HOPE Clinic at the Francis Center, and is also working with a team of Student Coordinators to develop a robust Latinx/Hispanic website. Carolina is also very passionate about horses and horseback riding and is an active member of the Elon Dressage team.


Regina Mendoza is a Senior Economics and Finance major. She was born in Mexico City and lives in Weston, FL. Currently, Regina is leading the planning of Intersect Conference 2018, conducting Economics research and finding the best way to educate people on social justice issues.


Mirella Cisneros is a senior at Elon University. She is a first-generation college student majoring in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Math. She is from Mexico and resides in Snow Hill, NC. Mirella is part of Latinx-Hispanic Union and Immigrant Realities. She is passionate about social justice education and advocating for immigrant rights. As a future educator, she strives to make a difference for underrepresented students in schools and make college accessible for them. She hopes to teach for some years after college, but later become involved in college access and scholarship organizations that provide support to students and families from first-generation and low-income backgrounds.


Lily Sobalvarro is a junior and Odyssey Scholar at Elon University from Winston-Salem, NC. Majoring in Public Health Studies and Spanish, she hopes to work with underserved communities, specifically Hispanic populations, by supporting initiatives that promote healthy communities. At Elon, she works in El Centro working on community outreach and volunteer opportunities. She also volunteers with the It Takes a Village Program and is on leadership for InterVarsity.


Maria Ramirez is a junior Strategic Communications and Journalism double major with a double minor in International and Global Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. She is from Colombia and Venezuela and lives in Bethesda, MD. Maria is the Social Media Coordinator for the Latinx Hispanic Union, a Periclean Scholar, and one of the founders of Immigrant Realities. She is also an account executive for Live Oak Communications and a member of Elon News Network. Last summer she was a communications intern for Village Capital in Washington, D.C.


Ana Eguiguren is a sophomore student from Quito, Ecuador. She has recently joined the team of student coordinators at El Centro as she continues to foster her passion for Latinx/Hispanic culture and advocacy. Ana is a Sociology major, with an International and Global Studies minor, always seeking to understand her surroundings with a global perspective. Moreover, she wishes to continue exploring the world by traveling and in the future, studying abroad.


Emiliana Lanz is a senior at Elon University. From Caracas, Venezuela, she is majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Human Service Studies. She is passionate about mental health availability, and about volunteering and helping others. She has participated in various volunteer opportunities back in Venezuela and with EV at Elon University. She hopes to work helping Hispanic-Latino individuals seek the mental health services they need in order to improve their lives.