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.


Emily Ford is the CL for the New Beginner class. She is a senior from Plainsboro, New Jersey studying elementary education with a minor in Spanish. In her school placements and tutoring with The Village Project, she uses her Spanish skills to communicate with ELL youth and their parents. Emily has studied abroad in Córdoba, Argentina and hopes to teach abroad in Spain after graduating. At Elon, she is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, Elon’s co-ed service fraternity.






Robert Maruca is the CL for the Beginner High/Beginner Low class. He is a senior at Elon University from Long Island, New York. He is a double major in International/Global Studies and Political Science with minors in Middle East Studies and Peace/Conflict Studies. With a passion for foreign languages, Robert hopes to inspire his peers to study languages and the cultures they belong to. At Elon, Robert spends his time helping out with the Elon Polls and will continue as a CL for El Centro for a second semester.





Emily Cohen is the CL for the Intermediate High/Advanced Low class. She is a junior from Nashua, New Hampshire. She is majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and minoring in Spanish. She uses her Spanish skills working with native speakers at the Little Village, with members of the community as the Salvation Army LINCS Coordinator, and as a TA at an elementary school immersion program. At Elon, she also heads Parent’s Night Out and Future Educators Club and is a part of the Examining Disparities in Access to Education LLC.






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 senior 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.






Daniel Castillo is from Costa Rica. He is an Exercise Science Major with an Allied Health Concentration. His goal is to work in the Emergency Room in some capacity. He is also proud member and a founding hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.







Carolina Ferreyros is a Senior 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.






Paloma Figueroa es Mexicana. She is a Senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women’s, Gender, & Sexualities Studies. She is also part of the Intersect Conference committee and part of the ALANAM Women’s Institute committee and have a passion for working with low-income and students of color. She hopes to work for a nonprofit after graduating and keep assisting her community.







Lily Sobalvarro is a senior and Odyssey Scholar at Elon University from Winston-Salem, NC. Majoring in Public Health Studies and Spanish, she hopes to work with under-served 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.






Sofía Cordova is a sophomore 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.






Maria Ramirez is a senior 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 junior student from Quito, Ecuador. 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.






Gaby Jiménez is a junior studying Political Science with minors in Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and Latin American Studies. She is from Maryland, but her family is originally from El Salvador. She loves her culture and learning about others, but most importantly she loves learning about the similarities we all have within our cultures. One fun fact about her is that she loves exploring and traveling, so one day she hopes to travel all throughout Latin America.