LET'S CONNECT! 

The following caucus members would love to meet you and get to know you so that we can foster academic & professional mentoring relationships with our students. Feel free to reach out to us in any of the following ways:

Cafecitos - Join me for coffee on campus

Charlas - I'd be glad to come speak to your group or with you about an academic topic

Horas de oficina - Come speak with me during regular office hours

Correos - Have a quick question you'd like to discuss? Email me!

vanessa rouillon

Vanessa Rouillon, WRTC

My name is Vanessa Rouillon; I'm originally from Lima, Peru, but lived in Chile for many years before moving to Illinois with my husband. I'm an Assistant Professor at WRTC with focus on Rhetoric (art of persuasion) and Composition. I specialize in archival and historical work, which means that most my writing revolves around reading and exploring old and faded texts. I integrate visual rhetoric in my research and teaching; that is, I use plenty of historical photographs. I read mystery and biographical novels in my spare time; I take photographs of and draw trees, specially those with no leaves; I do plenty of cooking at home, since I don't like (an understatement) restaurants in this town :-(! Office Hours: Tue/Thu 6:30 to 7:30 pm rouillvi@jmu.edu

fernando pargas
Fernando Pargas, College of Business, Dept. of Management

Experience establishing and managing businesses in over 40 countries! Email me at pargasfa@jmu.edu.

carlos aleman
Carlos Aleman, School of Communication Studies

I study communication, culture, relationships and identity. I coordinate the academic, leadership, and mentorship development activities of a non-profit organization that serves area Latino high school students. I generally choose salsa verde, except on occasion when an enchilada de pollo calls for mole poblano. Here's a link: https://www.jmu.edu/cds/profiles/aleman-carlos.shtml.

Visit me on T/TH 10am-12pm or email me: alemancg@jmu.edu

tomas regalado
Tomás Regalado, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Latin America is my passion, and I am happy to be spend time at JMU with everyone related to it: students, faculty, Latino Student Alliance, the Madison Hispanic Caucus, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and my classes in Foreign Languages. Please e-mail me (regalatx@jmu.edu) and let´s build community! Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, 1-3:30

Verónica del Carmen Haun
Verónica del Carmen Haun, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

¡Hola! I’m Verónica del Carmen Haun and I currently teach as a Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at JMU. I was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, where I lived for 27 years until I moved to the U.S. I love folkloric dances from my country and like watching different dances from other Hispanic countries as well. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, watching movies, listening to latin music and rhythms (dancing when I can, too), traveling, sipping a great central or south American coffee, and doing sports activities – all better if it’s with my family. Email me haunvx@jmu.edu or visit me during office hours: M & W: 8:45–10:00 am and 1:45–2:30 pm (Keezell 427)

diana meza
Diana Meza, Learning Technology and Leadership Education

I am a native from Colombia and love to dance, listen to music, and read. I also love spending time with my family and always find a reason to celebrate! I have been at JMU for 13 years. Some as a student and some as faculty. I always enjoy meeting new people and learning from others. Email me: mezadx@jmu.edu Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm and Thursdays 1-2pm

Yenisei Montes de Oca
Yenisei Montes de Oca, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Email me: montesyx@jmu.edu / Follow me on Twitter: @yenisei_mdo

Visit me: Tuesdays/Thursdays 5pm-7pm

Yamilette Chacon
Yamilette Chacon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

As a Latina immigrant and first generation college graduate, I am particularly sensitive to and understanding of the diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds of students. In my academic journey from taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to completing graduate school, I encountered individuals from underrepresented groups that, despite many challenges, sought through education, a path for a better future for themselves and for their communities. Therefore, I have a special interest in encouraging members of underrepresented populations, as well as first generation college students, to pursue higher education. I will allocate a weekly time slot dedicated exclusively to providing guidance to Hispanic students. During the Spring 2017 semester, I will be offering the ‘Let’s Connect’ on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Sheldon 213. Contact me at chaconyd@jmu.edu

Karina Kline-Gabel
Karina Kline-Gabel, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

In addition to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, I am also a fan of film and social issues affecting our Latino community. My mother is Colombian and my dad is from Virginia so I was raised bilingually and enjoy communicating with all type of people! My two girls speak Spanglish but have been fortunate to have been raised near their abuelita. Care to share abuelita stories or talk about how many wonderful opportunities there are to professionally use your Spanish and Hispanic heritage? Contact me at klinegkx@jmu.edu or visit me Thursdays in Keezel 304B 11-2pm

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