This Hispanic Heritage Month, we were inspired by the diversity that makes up the Hispanic/Latino community. From September 15 to October 15, we will be honoring our unique cultures and traditions by highlighting languages, music, food, and historical figures with a special focus on Afro-Latinos and indigenous people. We hope to showcase our pride as Latinos in a way that will educate and inspire all. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Dr. Delores Dacosta

Meet the Team

Ivan Segura
Ivan is the Program Manager for the Hispanic/Latino Affairs division at CMA. He was born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and immigrated to South Carolina twenty years ago. He works in advocacy because he believes with every opportunity you seize, you also acquire the responsibility to help those that have not reached such an opportunity. 
Alex Tovar
Alex is the program assistant for the Hispanic/Latino Affairs division at CMA. His parents were born and raised in a small rancho in northern Queretaro, Mexico called Acatitlán de Zaragoza. He enjoys assisting and creating awareness of the rapidly growing Hispanic population in South Carolina.
Andrea Flores
Andrea works in the Hispanic/Latino Affairs division and in Public Information at CMA.  Both of her parents are from Guatemala; her mom is from Guatemala City and her dad is from Taxisco, Santa Rosa.  Although she was born in Los Angeles, she considers SC her home and is passionate about supporting the indigenous Latinos in South Carolina.
Mauricio Orozco 
Mauricio works in Public Information and IT at CMA. His mother is from Havana, Cuba and his father is from Veracruz, Mexico. His wife is Peruvian, and although he's lived in Miami and Houston, he has called South Carolina home for over sixteen years.  He is a proud Angeleño (Go Dodgers!) and is also passionate about cultural awareness and emergency management training. 
Dr. Robert Fenton

Robert is the Director of Research for the CMA. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University with a specialization in Latin American urban and agrarian history. He lived and taught in Guayaquil, Ecuador for six years while working on his dissertation, getting married, and having a son over that period. He is fascinated by the cultural and economic histories of (Latin) American foodways, and how Latinos have adapted their culinary repertoire to North American social contexts.
Raphael Ofendo Reyes

Raphael is the Asian American and Pacific Islander affairs coordinator for CMA. Raphael immigrated to South Carolina with his family from Zamboanga, Philippines in 2002. He has a passion for public health and advocacy. Although he was born in the Philippines, his love for South Carolina and her people pushes him to work hard every day. 

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