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Student Success Leaders

aAaron Ceceñas

Hi! My name is Aaron Ceceñas and I was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. I am currently a Business Administration major in my Sophomore Year of college and my hopes for when I graduate with my bachelor’s degree is to be the first in my family to attend law school. My past experiences with attorneys inspired me to help other people with legal issues. Since then I have been cashing my dreams in a career path that has a low number of Latinos graduates and workers in the field of law. So I believe El Centro de la Raza is the perfect resource center to help me to reach my goals and help others as well.




pPatrick Dalton

Hello, My name is Patrick Dalton and I am excited to see you vist El Centro this upcoming school year. I would like to start off by telling you about myself. I am 18 years old and I was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is my first year at UNM as I am freshman, my hobbies include working out, cooking, youtube, and hanging out with friends. If you have any other questions or concerns about anything you can always meet me at El Centro and I will be pleased to help you with anything possible.

With warm regards,

Patrick Dalton


aFernando 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.




dDavid Ibarra

I was born in Ciudad Juárez, but lived most of my life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a Sophomore currently studying Business Administration, and am a first-generation college student alongside my two older brothers, both of whom graduated from UNM. I hope to follow in their footsteps and continue my education after my undergraduate. I wish to obtain an MBA and work for the local government. The intricacies of policy-making and political maneuvering have always fascinated me, as well as the economy. Being at El Centro has helped me on my journey towards higher education, and is an amazing resource for not only Hispanic students, but for all that walk through our doors.




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! 




aDaisy Olivas

Hi! My name is Daisy Olivas and I was born in Albuquerque but raised in Santa Fe New Mexico. My family is originally from Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. I am a sophomore here at UNM as well as a first generation college student majoring in International Studies with a minor in Media Arts. That being said, I am very interested in learning about different cultures, traditions, and languages. One of my educational goals is to study abroad and get to experience living in another country. I hope to see many faces at El Centro taking advantage of the services that we provide. Not only will we help them succeed academically but also make them realize how important they are in the community. I’m excited to be a part of El Centro family as I hope to grow as a person and be more connected to my culture.



aKarla Ornelas

Hello. My name is Karla Ornelas. I am a currently a junior seeking my bachelors in International Management. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, however I spent most of my vacations in Delicias, Chihuahua where my parents were born and raised. I love traveling, eating, sports, family, friends and meeting new people. One of my main goals is to travel the world and connect with people from other parts of the world. I am very excited to be part of El Centro de La Raza. I encourage students to pass by El Centro and take advantage of the services that we have to offer. Don’t be shy and say “hi” to us at El Centro, we like to meet new students.




sSonia Ramirez

Hello, I am Sonia Ramirez and was born in Salinas, California but have lived in Albuquerque since 2002. My mother is originally from Delicias, Chihuahua. Growing up she encouraged my older sister, younger brother and I to always follow our dreams. To us that meant pursuing an education. I am currently double majoring in Psychology and Family & Child Studies with a concentration in Human Development and Family Relations. My ultimate goal is to become a Clinical Psychologist to help the youth in our community. I believe El Centro will strengthen my connection with my culture while allowing me to interact with a diverse group of students. I encourage anyone looking for resources, a place to call home or encouragement to come visit us at El Centro. I hope to see you there!



aAnacaren 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.