Centro Hispano

Meet the Staff


Edelmira Segovia

Director of Centro Hispano, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

(910) 962.2551


Edelmira Segovia is from Lima, Peru. Her research area is the academic success of ethnic and racial minorities, particularly of Hispanic students at selective colleges or universities. In her 17 years of work with public education, she has served populations underrepresented in higher education, taught world languages (Spanish and ELL), coordinated migrant education programs, and served as diversity and inclusion administrator.

Ed.D. in Leadership And Administration, University Of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012

M.A. in Romance Languages, Appalachian State University, 2003

B.A. in Spanish, University Of North Carolina Wilmington, 1998


Chris Montero

MI CASA Program Advisor of Centro Hispano; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion



Chris Montero holds a Master’s in Higher Education and specializes in culturally responsive pedagogy on Latinx and minoritized communities. As a Latino immigrant who came into the United States at the age of fifteen, Chris serves underrepresented populations through student empowerment and community building. His time in both radio broadcasting and higher education has given him opportunities to promote the importance of cultural identity and recognizing cultural fluidity. In his role, Chris provides leadership and support to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the areas of multicultural recruitment, college access mentoring programs, retention, and diversity and inclusion.

B.A. in Communications StudiesUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012.

M.A. in Education. University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2016. 


María Elena Gaborov, CMI-Spanish

EN>SP Translator & Interpreter/Bilingual Support, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

(910) 962-7785


María Elena Gaborov earned her degree in Translation through the National University of Córdoba, Argentina and will soon complete her posgraduate education in Scientific and Technical Translation from the same university. In 2012, she became certified by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. 

María Elena received the 2013 American Translators Association School Outreach Program Award for her contributions to the promotion of translation and interpretation. 

She has given several presentations on translation and interpretation at different institutions such as the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

B.A. in Translation, National University of Córdoba, 2008

Student Team

Mayra Robles

Mayra Robles

Mayra was born in Wilmington, NC and raised in Rocky Point, NC. She graduated from Heide Trask Senior High School as Salutatorian; during her years as high school student, she participated in Marching Band Color Guard (Captain), National Honors Society, Student Government (President), Science Olympiad, and the School Improvement Team. She has volunteered at the Rocky Point Elementary School since October 2013 assisting both students and teachers. She is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Mayra is currently a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. She is currently part of the UNCW MI CASA and UNCW Education Living-Learning Community Mentoring Programs. Mayra's future plan is either to do her Student- Teaching in Belize or Kuwait.

Jacobed Aragon

Jacobed Aragón

Jocabed Aragón was born in Buena Park, California and moved to North Carolina at the age of 11. Since she was little she has always been involved with the Hispanic community and loves to help such community. She went to Lee Early College and Central Carolina Community College and graduated with a High School Diploma and Associate Degree in Arts. Currently she plans to double major in Film and Communications and hopes to later do projects that would raise awareness about the Hispanic Community's life and struggles.

Giuliana Vaca-Tricerri

Giuliana Vaca-Tricerri

Giuliana is a sophomore student studying at UNCW. She is originally from Portoviejo, Ecuador, and moved to Charlotte, NC at the age of 5. She has a variety of interests and hobbies, including performing, art/design, and robotics. Giuliana plans on majoring in biology and minoring in forensic science. Post-graduation from UNCW, she aspires to continue her studies and eventually acquire her Ph.D and become a forensic medical examiner.