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Student Success Leaders

fFernando Flores Reyes

I was born in and partially raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well raised in Michoacán, Mexico. Having the chance to experience two different lifestyles made me realize that my passion is to be a surgeon, because I want to be able to help people. In order to be prepared for medical school, I’m majoring in both chemistry, to learn sciences needed, and Spanish, to be able to communicate with people in their native language.  Although my main goal is to be prepared for medical school I also want to learn more about the Latino/Hispanic culture. Working as Student Success Leader in El Centro de la Raza will help gain more knowledge about this culture and help me develop many skills for the future.

rRamda Galo

My name is Ramda Galo and I was born in Nicaragua. I moved to New Mexico this semester Fall of 2016 from Los Angeles, California. I'm currently in my sophomore year and my major is Nuclear Engineer. I plan on going to graduate school and after I would like to go back home and work at the Jet Propulsion Lab doing research for space nuclear advancements. 

lLeroy Martinez

Hello! My name is Leroy Martinez Jr. I am a junior at UNM, however I am a sophomore in the Athletic Training Education Program. I am a student success leader and an El Puente scholar at El Centro de la Raza. I come from a small town in northern New Mexico called Nambe, and graduated from Pojoaque Valley High School. I am a lover of all sports, however football has a special place in my heart, specifically the Carolina Panthers. One day, I hope to be an established athletic trainer for a big school or athletics program. Make sure and stop by the front desk while I'm there and say hello! 


Anacaren Ruiz

Computer Support Tech

I am currently a senior studying Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. I was born in Oregon but I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My family is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico and I am a first-generation college student at the University of New Mexico alongside my 2 sisters. El Centro de la Raza continues to help me grow as a professional while still allowing me the freedom to appreciate and celebrate "mi cultura". I urge all students to come visit and stay connected with El Centro de la Raza. We offer many resources to students and community members so they can strive in their higher education and also have the opportunity to create positive and progressive change.  

bElizabeth Ruiz

I am currently a freshman studying Political Science. I am hoping that by majoring in political science I will gain knowledge about how our government system works and the effects it creates on the underrepresented communities. I was born in Oregon but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My family is from Zacatecas, Mexico. I am proud to say that because of my roots I have learned to value education, family and my Mexican culture. I always remember having great pride of my “cultura” and I make sure to embrace it.  I am the youngest of four siblings and the third one of my sisters to work at El Centro. I have been coming to El Centro for many years now with them and I am extremely happy to finally be a part of the El Centro family.

rRita Veleta

I was born and raised in Santa Fe, however my family is from Chihuahua, Mexico and that is where I spent all of my childhood summers. I am an undergraduate at the Anderson School of Management seeking my Bachelor's degree in International Management. My life goal is to travel the world and serve communities in need throughout the world. I am excited to be a part of El Centro and hope to be of help to help as many students as possible with the wonderful resources we offer. I encourage students to get connected with El Centro De La Raza, and make it their home away from home as we all call it.