Carlos Decena, Ph.D.

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

Administrative Assistant

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 for LCS.

 

Kathleen Lopez, Ph.D.

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

Program Coordinator

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 communications as a Project Coordinator, Manager, and ultimately, Director. Madai is excited to be a part of the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at her alma mater, a life-long dream.