The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute

Our Team


Executive Director


Denisse OllerA dynamic, multidimensional communicator with many passions and interests, Denisse is a both a consummate journalist and the Executive Director of the Joseph A. Unanue Institute at Seton Hall University. During her tenure, Denisse has successfully transformed the mission and raised the profile of the Unanue Institute, creating a successful mentorship program linking Seton Hall Alumni with undergraduate and building effective partnerships with the advisory board, key contributors in the corporate and private sector as well as related community based organizations. She is responsible for all facets of fundraising and associated events. Her annual galas have been praised for its innovative venues and unique programming that attracted a broad spectrum of supporters and donors.

Denisse oversees the day-to-day operations and business functions of the institute including budget, staffing, marketing and communications. One of the most honored women in Spanish-language television, Ms. Oller has received widespread recognition for her work as a journalist, including positions as News Anchor at Telemundo and Univision. In a career spanning two decades, she received five Emmys and nine nominations; five A.C.E. Awards; two Gracie Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in investigative reporting. She was also named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanic Personalities in the United States. Ms. Oller is currently pursuing her Non-Profit Organization Management Certificate at Seton Hall University.

Denisse says: I love my job and the difference we make in the Latino community and Seton Hall everyday. Our students are poised to be tomorrow's great leaders and innovators. I am so proud to be part of this team, and I am so thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Unanue for their vision and generosity, and commitment to our Latino youth.

Area of Study: Non-Profit Management and Strategic Communications

Graduate Assistants


Franchesca Guzman

Franchesca has recently joined the team as our new Graduate Assistant. She will work alongside our Executive Director, Denisse Oller. As the Graduate Assistant, Franchesca will assist in the Institute's events while implementing and enhancing its current and new programs. Franchesca was a previous Institute employee in 2013 during her undergraduate studies where she majored in Political Science.

Franchesca currently works in an immigration law firm located in Newark, New Jersey as the case manager. In the near future Franchesca plans to work in the government.

Franchesca says: “The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute has been a home away from home. It was a support system here at Seton Hall as an undergraduate. Through working at the Institute I found the MPA program that I am currently enrolled in. The Institute helped me pay for my undergraduate education through the scholarships that were available. I will forever be grateful for the Institute and am excited to be back and work towards advancing the future of our community”.

Area of Study:
Master of Public Administration ‘15
Public Service, Leadership, Governance, and Policy

Undergraduate Work-Study Team


daniel cruze

Daniel joined the Institute in Fall 2013 during his Sophomore year. He is in charge of keeping the databases up to date information about donors, supporters and the Institute’s dear friends. He also aids the team with event planning. Daniel was born and raised in San Juan , Puerto Rico to a Cuban mother and Puerto Rican father. Being raised in a multilingual household, Daniel is fascinated with learning new languages and exploring different cultures. As a Unanue scholar, Daniel gets a unique opportunity to be intrinsically involved with events and programs that dive into Latin culture.

Daniel says: I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated team at JAULI and thrilled that I get to be a part of how JAULI shapes the conversation about Latin American culture and heritage at Seton Hall.

Areas of study:
Major in Diplomacy and International Relations
Minor in Economic


Julianna joined the Institute in Fall 2014 and is the Exito Leadership Program Coordinator. She is the first generation in America, born to her immigrant Mother of Colombia and immigrant Father of Italy. Julianna loves to work with and help others and coordinating the Exito Leadership Program allows her to do just that. She aspires to develop her career in helping and teaching special needs children. Julianna was a part of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the National Honor Society, and is a Joseph & Carmen Ana Student Scholarship recipient.

Julianna Says: The Exito Leadership Program is a vivid example of the opportunities that the Institute offers in helping students reach their fullest potential. I am honored to be a part of crafting and expanding such an empowering program. The Institute has allowed me to grow as a learner, a professional, and as a person. I am very grateful for the foundation that JAULI has helped me build at Seton Hall and in my life. I look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead through my work with the rest of the wonderful team at the Institute.

Areas of Study:
Elementary & Special Education ’18, Speech-Language Pathology ‘20


Angelica Deleon-Vaca

Angelica joined the Institute in the spring of 2014 and is our PR guru, maintaining the Institute's web page, newsletters and social media accounts. Angelica is of Dominican and Colombian descent and was born in Elizabeth, N.J.  Angelica practices what she learns as a Public Relations major to advance the communication efforts of the Institute. Working at the Institute has allowed Angelica to get involved on campus and learn more about her family roots.

Angelica Says: I like to call the Institute the happiest place on earth. Being a part of the Institute has allowed me to appreciate my nationality. It is an honor to work towards the advancement of our Latino community at the Institute alongside ambitious and hardworking individuals.

Area of Study:
Major in Public Relations ‘17
Minor in Business Administration


Sarah Rizvi

Sarah joined the Institute in the fall of 2015 and is our special events coordinator at the Institute. Sarah grew up in Baldwin Park, California and currently lives on campus. Sarah is of Pakistani and Mexican descent and working at the Institute has allowed her to appreciate her diverse background. Sarah is an active member of the Exito Leadership Club and is the vice president of Adelante, a Latino organization on campus.

Sarah Says: To me the Latino Institute is a driver for education and advancement of the Latino community within and surrounding Seton Hall. I think one of the most important things we do is community service and outreach to younger students because the earlier a child values education the better our future will be. The Institute has allowed me to obtain a unique perspective from both my backgrounds and has allowed me to understand the importance of my future goals which is to teach kids in Pakistan how to speak Spanish.

Area of Study:
Major in Diplomacy & Modern Languages ‘18


marioMario joined the Institute in the spring of 2016 and is our communications specialist.  Mario received his associates of sciences in general studies at Bergen community college where he graduated with honors. He transferred to Seton Hall in the fall of 2015 and is ready to make an impact in the Seton Hall community. Working at the Institute will allow him to get back to his Latino roots.

Mario Says:I hope the Latino Institute to get me back to my Latino roots. I feel like I have detached myself from my native heritage and working for this great organization will provide me with the means to reconnect. Also, I may even improve my Spanish. I am thankful for this opportunity to work with dedicated individuals who work towards the advancement of the Latino community.

Area of Study:
Major inSocial Work
Minor in Religion


Kristal CoronaKristal joined the Institute spring 2016 and is our event coordinator. Kristal will be coordinating on campus events. Kristal is a member of the Exito Leadership Club and is a recipient of the Joseph & Ana Carmen Unanue Scholarship. Kristal embarks on her journey at Seton Hall as she delves into the world of diplomacy. She hopes to travel the world and get attuned with her Mexican and Vietnamese heritage.

Kristal Says: The institute will expose me to the different outlets that there are to helping underprivileged Latinos. The institute will allow me to make connections with experienced Latino leaders.

Area of Study:
Major in International Relations and Diplomacy ‘18


Angie LovedayAngie joined the Institute spring 2016 and is our social media coordinator. Angie will be planning and executing daily social media posts to engage our Seton Hall community. As a freshman, Angie has found her place on campus as an assistant producer of the WSOU radio station. She looks forward to working at the Institute while learning about her Costa Rican roots. Angie is passionate about writing and hopes to utilize her diverse background to further communicate with our student audience through social media.

Angie Says: As a new member of the Institute, I hope this experience will let me engage more with the Latino community on campus and beyond. I am excited about sharing my expertise in writing and broadcasting with the Institute as we embark on this new journey.

Area of Study:
Major in Broadcasting and Film ‘19
Minor in Asian Studies

Want to join our team? You can drop off your resume at our offices at any time or, if we have a position available, it will be posted in the student job database. To learn more about the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, contact our Executive Director, at or visit our office at Fahy Hall 246.

Contact Us

Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute
(973) 761-9422
Fax (973) 275-2217
Fahy Hall Rm. 246


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