Dr. Sindy Chapa has a Ph.D. in International Business and a Master in Business Administration -with a concentration in Marketing. She has taught marketing courses for 10 years in the United States, Mexico and Chile. Her research focuses on the effect of advertising strategies on Latino consumer. In 2008, Dr. Chapa joined Texas State University with the purpose of creating the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets. Since then, Dr. Chapa, an Assistant Professor, is the current Associate Director of the Center at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Former communication advisor to CEOs at the “C” suite of major Fortune 500 corporations, Mayoral-Wilson brings diverse professional, academic and mentoring experience that extends from the Pacific in the State of Hawaii to the U.S., in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. She holds a M.A. in International Studies from Old Dominion University, VA, and a B.A., English and French Literature, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In 2007, she received the “PR Professional of the Year” Award conferred by the Puerto Rico Public Relations Association (ARPPR) and in 2004, the “Francisco ‘Paco’ Oller Creativity in Public Relations Award” by the ARPPR while at Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, as Public Relations & Communications Division Senior VP.
Kimberly is the Internship Program Coordinator for the Center of the Study of Latino Media Markets and teaching assistant for Dr. Chapa. She is a second year graduate student pursuing her M.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Strategic Communication at Texas State University. Her current line of research focuses on the use and effects of religion in political advertising. Kimberly has a B.S. in Advertising and a B.S. in Public Relations with a focus in business foundations from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a media consultant and account representative. Kimberly’s interests include advertising and politics. After completing her degree, Kimberly plans to pursue a career in political communication and advertising.
Karen is a senior at Texas State University persuing a double major in Electronic Media and Spanish. She has been an intern at El Centro for the past three semesters and currently serves as the newsletter manager where she manages the content for the newsletter and provides guidance to editors and writers. After graduation, Karen plans to help further research the impact of Latinos in the current media. She dreams to pursue a career in Spanish News Broadcasting and travel to South America.
Lorenzo is a sophomore at Texas State University. He is a mass communication major and is minoring in Political Communication. He is from Dallas, Texas and is a first generation student. He is currently part of the universitie's debate team on campus, vice-president of First Generation Student Organization, and a member of Hombres Unifos. This will be Lorenzo's second year at El Centro and he hopes to fully contribute to the newletter and research team. He plans to someday be a political journalist.
Marcus is a junior at Texas State Universiy and is majoring in International Business with a minor in Fashion Merchandising, while completing his certificate in the Latin American Business Program. He is the presdent for Texas State's FashionNation. His organiation brings together students with an interest in the fashion industry, to share ideas and produce fashion shows. He enjoys the fashion industry, the Latin American world, innovative ideas, political science, and learning new languages like Portuguese. When he graduates, Marcus hopes to work abroad in Mexico or Brazil for Conde Nast, or for a fashion company such as ZARA in Spain. He hopes to one day do what Angelica Cheung has done for China.
Michael is a senior at Texas State University majoring in English and minoring in Political Science. He is the Social Media Coordinator for El Centro and the vice-president of El Centro's Student Organization. Michael started his own club, Bobcats of the Rio Grande Valley to be a guiding organization home away from home. After graduation, Michael plans on attending law school and eventually open up his own practice.
Selinda was born and raised in Zapata, Texas and is proud to be a small-town, family-oriented Latina. Selinda is a senior majoring in Mass Communication-Public Relations and minoring in Spanish. Selinda is interning for a second year at El Centro. She is also serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter. Aside from CSLMM, Selinda holds an internship position at the Texas State University's Sports Information Department. After graduation, Selinda plans on taking her PR to next level by working for the NFL, completing her Master's Degree and one day opening her own PR firm to represent the Entertainment Industry. Selinda enjoys sports, reading, sleeping and loves technology.
Bianka is a senior at Texas State University majoring in public relations with a minor in communication studies and pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Bianka is a public relations intern as well as the website coordinator for El Centro. She is also a social media specialist and is working on her personalized blog and website. Bianka is from Austin, Texas but hopes to one day go back to Colombia, where she spent a summer after graduating high school to improve her Spanish skills. She hopes to travel to Costa Rica, Spain and to Lampazos de Naranjo, Mexico where her family is from.
Valeria is an international student from Mexcio City. She is currently a sophomore at Texas State, but plans to graduate next fall. As an Electronic Media major and Music minor, she is very passionate about the entertainment industry, mainly music and film. She says that being from one of the largest cities in the world, she wants to raise awareness of the urban Latino culture among her community. Her experiences as a volunteer at various events such as SXSW and Cine Las Americas have created in her a love for event production. She is currently a productions intern at El Centro and will be helping with the Puntos de Vista 2013 festival. She is also a GRAMMY U Campus Ambassador, KTSW 89.9 production assistant, and Latinitas Magazine voluntter. After graduation, she plans on getting a Master's degree in Audio Engineering and working for a live event/concert production company.
Bianka is a freshman at Texas State University pursuing a degree in Biology. She hopes to one day become a Physician's Assistant. She is a volunteer for El Centro and would like to gain a broader perspective on the importance of her culture through serving the Latino community.
Cesar is a proud Texas State Senior from Brownsville, Texas. He was raised close to his prideful heritage and loved every bit of it. His major is Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. He is a blogger of videogame news, previews and reviews, but is currently broadening his blogger spectrum. Cesar is currently a writer for El Centro's Newsletter and looks forward to bringing the news in his own words to the attention of the Latino community. After graduation, he hopes to became a well-known journalist within his community.
Laura is a senior at Texas State pursuing a BA in Advertising and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. This will be her first semester interning at El Centro. She is also currently interning as a Junior Designer at Cultural Strategies, a multicultural communication agency in Austin. Her dream career is working as the Art Director for a fashion magazine.
Lou is from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and is currently a junior at Texas State University. Her major is Public Relations and her minor is Spanish. Lou expects to graduate in 2014 and hoping to gain some Public Relations experience by interning at El Centro. Interning with El Centro will be her motivation to pursue her future career goals.
Olivia is from Frisco, Texas and is studying Advertising at Texas State. She has a passion for photography and design and has been privileged to apply her passions in and around her community through designing and photographing for the Texas Legends. She has also done photography for Hillary Anne Photogtaphy, and has designed for Frisco Sports Center. She is exciting to contribute her passions and talents to El Centro Student Orgnization and gain experience in the Latin media culture.
Richard is from Rio Grande City and is majoring in Aquatic Biology. He is a freshman at Texas State University and will be graduating with the class of 2016. Richard enjoys photogrpahy, the marine life, and generally being involved with the community. He enjoying the quiet to think. He would lik to someday become a leader and be able to do task on his own. He plans to get a job in his career field and move to Australia and continure his education there.
Robert is from Houston, the suburb of Pearland. He graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos in May of 2011 with a BA in Mass Communication, minor in anthropology. He is currently in his second year of his Mass Communication -New Media concentration MA, which he expects to complete in May of 2013. His interests include technology, media, business, philosophy, and the law. He is a volunteer research intern for Professor Subervi at El Centro and one of his graduate students.
Rut is a senior at Texas State plaing to graduate in December 2012 to complete her degree in International Studies with a focus in Tourism. Rut is originally from Mexico, born and raised in Salvatierra, Guanajuato. She moved to Texas seven years ago and has acquired valuable knowledge during her life here and time studying at Texas State. As a multicultural individual, she can now apply her knowledge to achieve her goals. El Centro really called her attention through the emerging communicatin fields, and she decided to volunteer to learn more about any great knowledge that will become a useful tool and great appeal for job searching when she graduates. She plans to be a part of El Centro for any projects that need translation since she in fluent in Spanish. She plans to acquite new skills and be able to discover all those ooportunities that the new trends in communication, marketing, and web-based fields have to offer.
Tiffany is a senior at Texas State University majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. She is a volunteer at El Centro. She has gained many valuable skills through her work with Texas State's Bobcat Promotions. Bobcat Promotions is a full-service agency that offers hands of experience in public relations, event planning, marketing and advertising to local businesses. Her passions are writing, reporting of events, issues, trends and Public Relations oriented work. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in Public Relations.
Misaki is from Sendai city in Japan. She graduated from Texas State with MA in political science in December of 2012. Misaki is a part of the research team at El Centro and assists Dr. Chapa with research projects. She was also a graduate research assistant to Dr. Subervi, and enjoyed working with him to code Latino news. Her study interests include social identity, media, and political participation. It is a great opportunity for her to be a part of El Centro because she can learn the importance of the Latino community in the U.S., their identities, and culture in addition to research method knowledge. She loves Latino culture especially dancing salsa, bachata, and merengue.