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"Research on Latinos in the U.S. guides all the work that we do in our student programming, and our experience in and out of the classroom with our scholars inspires and informs the research we do. Both components are essential to the mission of the Cisneros Institute."

Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera
Executive Director



Nanci Esparza

Program Coordinator

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Johanna Cajina

Communications Manager







Fellows & Experts
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Dr. Elizabeth Aranda

Senior Fellow, Research

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez

Executive Coach in Residence

Dr. Janice Shack-Marquez

Senior Fellow, Leadership

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Thomas Rachko

Policy Implementation Specialist


Courtney Riggle-van Schagen

Courtney Riggle-van Schagen

Non-Resident Fellow

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Nicole Encarnacao Bartels

Professor, Foundations of Latino Leadership

Lora Adams

Research Analyst and Policy Writing Instructor




Affiliate Faculty

Cisneros Affiliate Faculty are members of the GW faculty who are Latino/a/e/x and/or whose work focuses on issues related to Latinos in the United States. In addition to generating research, affiliate faculty serve as mentors and participants in the Institute’s leadership development programs.

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Graduate Fellows
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Naomi Falú-Guzmán

Academic Success

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Diego Garcia


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Maria Hernandez Pinto





Research Assistants
Delilah Cruz

Delilah Cruz

Research Assistant

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Jackie Dioses

Research Assistant

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Georgette Encinas

Research Assistant

Christopher Flores

Christopher Flores-Moreno

Research Assistant


Annabelle Manzo

Research Coordinator










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Jacob Arias

Administrative Intern

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Nicole Becerra

Administrative Intern

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Emely Bermudez

Administrative Intern

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Sophia Benavente-Sayani

Administrative Intern


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Marko Sanchez

Administrative Intern