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 Certficate

Graduate Assistants


Pau Aragay Pau has recently joined the team as our new Graduate Assistant. He will work together with the Executive Director, Graduate Assistant and the rest of the team on organizing the Institute’s events and implementing its current and new programs. Pau was born and raised in Barcelona (Spain), where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership.

Pau has more than 10 years of work experience in the nonprofit sector with a specialization in education and youth development. His passion for travelling and discovering the world has led him to live in Australia and Canada before coming to the United States. Pau is an ad-hoc board member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society at Seton Hall University.

Pau Says: I am so thrilled to be joining the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute and its amazing, committed team! Together we will keep working with the Seton Hall and the Latino communities to build the next generation of Latino leaders. There is so much work to be done to empower Latino students, and there is no better place to do it than the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute.

Area of Study: Master of Public Administration ‘15
Concentration: 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


Luis SosaLuis joined the Institute during Summer 2013 and is our primary PR dynamo, spreading the word across campus of the Institute’s events. Luis was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States four years ago with his family. Working at the Institute has given Luis the opportunity to expand his knowledge about the Latino community. Luis loves to delve into the world of servant leadership and his work and studies have empowered him as a young immigrant Latino. Luis is one of the Joseph & Carmen Ana Unanue Student Scholarship recipients.

Luis Says: I believe the Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University is the magnifying lens through which we can see the power of Latinos in the United States and how we as a community fit and shape mainstream American culture. It is a great honor to be part of the Institute’s initiative.

Area of Study: Diplomacy & International Relations and Latin American, Latino/a Studies ‘15
Minors- French


Emily JerezEmily joined the Institute during the Fall 2013 semester and manages the Institute’s social media accounts (Facebook & Twitter), bringing SHU students the latest Institute events, updates and trends. Emily is of Dominican descent and loves the rich background she comes from. Emily loves working with numbers (she loves a challenge!) and previously interned at Allstate where she learned the financial side of business and gave her better insight in to her field of study. For Spring 2015, Emily will be studying abroad in Spain to immerse herself in another culture. Emily is a recipient of the Joseph & Carmen Ana Student Scholarship and a participant in the Éxito Mentorship Program

Emily Says: Working with everyone from the Institute has made me feel like I am at home. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I am glad to be part of a dynamic, fun and hardworking family

Area of Study: The Stillman School of Business, Accounting ‘16

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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