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Latino Trailblazers: Rick Najera

While some may try to downplay their Latino identity in Hollywood, there are others who embrace it to the bone and strive to help others in the industry do the same. Rick Najera has brought to life Latino characters on TV, movies and Broadway, an award-winning actor, writer, producer and director, he’s best known for his involvement in Mad TV and In Living Color, along with his critically acclaimed Broadway show Latinologues, his hard work and dedication to the cause making him a Latino Trailblazer.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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