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Carlos Decena

Department Chair

Associate Professor and Chair
Joint appointment in Women's and Gender Studies

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Lucy Stone Hall, Room B204
Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Drive, Piscataway, NJ 08854

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Maria Lozano

Secretary

Latino and Caribbean Studies

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Lucy Stone Hall, B-Wing, Room A262
Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Drive, Piscataway, NJ 08854

(848) 445-0011

Bio:

I was born in Medellin, Colombia. My mother migrated with her four daughters to the United States after my father was murdered in my native country. I came to the USA when I was 14 years old. I was the first one of my four sisters to graduate college. I graduated from Berkeley College with a BS in International business. As a Latina luchona, I have had many jobs. We can start with my first job in a cleaning company. I went from picking up garbage at 16 to becoming a supervisor at age 18. Later on in my life I worked as an administrative assistant for an attorney, and then as a discharge planner at Hyacinth AIDS Foundation. The last career, and the only one I did not get paid for was a stay home mom. I am the happy mother of three little kids. I learned through all these jobs to be a better person. I was exposed to many obstacles and learned how to handle many situations or at least that is how I feel. I am a very lucky person. I have had the opportunity to learn different tasks through my life; some easier than others. I can’t say I am a master in everything I do, but all I can say is that I would always try my best to do my job the best I can. I thank you all for the opportunity you are giving me now to work as a secretary for the LHCS department.

 

Kathleen Lopez

Department Undergraduate Director

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
Joint appointment with History

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Lucy Stone Hall, Room A263
Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Drive, Piscataway, NJ 08854

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Madai Poole

Administrative Assistant

Latino and Caribbean Studies

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Lucy Stone Hall, B-Wing, Room A264
Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Drive, Piscataway, NJ 08854

(848) 445-3820

Bio:

Born and raised in New Brunswick, she graduated with a dual major in Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Administration of Justice. Madai is first-generation, along with her only brother and several cousins, all graduating from Rutgers. She immediately plunged into an unrelated career in pharmaceutical marketing and medical comminucations as a Project Coordinator, Manager, and ultimatley Director. Madai took a brief detour to become a top sales director in Mark Kay Cosmetics for 2 years in which she earned free cars and empowered hundreds of women entrepeneurs to follow their dreams. Upon the birth of her third child, Madai decided to resume the corporate life to ensure a more stable income for her family, which includes her husband and disabled mom. Madai is excited to join the Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Department at her alma mater, a life-long dream.

 

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