Hispanic Caucus

Who We Are & What We Do 

The NCC Hispanic Caucus is a voluntary group of individuals dedicated to promoting Hispanic cultures and advocating for the inclusion and success of Latino students and staff on campus and in our local community. The Hispanic Caucus was founded in 1992, so we will soon celebrate 30 years of service.


Mission Statement

The NCC Hispanic Caucus is a voluntary group of individuals dedicated to promoting Hispanic cultures and advocating for the inclusion and success of Hispanic students and staff at NCC and in our local community. The Hispanic Caucus was established in 1993 and has supported the mission of NCC and its students ever since.


Our Mission

  • To discuss the needs of our students, effective programming, and policy concerns within our college structure; to exchange information regarding research findings, articles, and new community resources; to generate and advance ideas for new services and programming that will benefit Hispanic/Latino students. In addition, assist NCC in the implementation of the Diversity Statement.
  • To enhance our own career development by discussing the impact of culture on our effectiveness; to provide a four mot discuss leadership possibilities; to support and aid one another.
  • Increase awareness and linkages in the Latino Community through avenues such as alumni mixers, increase coverage in local Spanish publications, and establish partnerships with local community organizations.
  • To support our Latino student clubs and organizations (HACC – Bethlehem Campus and HOLA – Pocono Campus). Also, to help students increase leadership opportunities.

Interested in learning more about our caucus? Please contact us at -  ecarides@northampton.edu


Contact Information:

Co-Chairs: Elba Carides, ecarides@northampton.edu and James Colón, jcolon@northampton.edu


Current Caucus Members

  • Dr. Javier Ávila
  • Devyn Briggs
  • Elba I. Carides, Hispanic Caucus Chair
  • Elizabeth Castro
  • Ángel Collado
  • James Colón
  • Zachary Cruz
  • Teresa Donate, Profesor Emeritus
  • Sandra Del Cueto
  • Rosa Ferguson
  • Antonia Fernández
  • Ingrid González
  • Dr. Virginia Gonzalez, Profesor Emeritus
  • Cherry A. Irigoyen
  • Addy Lugo
  • Ariane Madero
  • Beatriz S. Messina
  • Ricardo Orench
  • María Ortiz-Cintrón
  • Lori Pérez-Ruffo
  • Mayra Perez
  • Rachel Pérez
  • Cynthia L. Rogan de Ramírez
  • Alex Rolón
  • Monique Sánchez
  • Waleska Salgado
  • Dr. James Von Schilling

Scholarships and Student Clubs

The Hispanic Caucus has two scholarships to help students in various educational careers. Scholarships are awarded to NCC students who meet the criteria below. To be used at our institution. To apply for those scholarships, students must attend NCC and complete the scholarship application using their NCC credentials. Students should also mention they are interested in one of our scholarships.


Blanca Smith Scholarship - The Hispanic Caucus establishes the scholarship to honor Blanca Smith for her many professional contributions and generosity to NCC students during her tenure as a Counselor in the Project Aware/ACT 101 Counseling Department. The scholarship was founded to provide a stipend to a minority student in good academic standing attending Northampton Community College for assistance in completing their higher education.


Mario Jose Donate Scholarships - This scholarship honors Mario José Donate Torres, who was born in Puerto Rico, studied in the United States and after facing many language barriers, returned to Puerto Rico to become a successful businessman. A father of nine, he instilled in each of his children a love of and appreciation for the value of a good education. He made sure that all nine had access to higher education. This endowment is their tribute to his memory. This scholarship was founded to support Hispanic students, particularly those of Puerto Rican descent.


Are you interested in participating in our student clubs?

Hispanic American Cultural Club HACC – Bethlehem Campus - Promotes and educates about Hispanic culture. Our club aims to embrace the diversity of our heritage and share our culture with others. For more information on this student club, please contact advisors James Colon at jcolon@northampton.edu or Elba Carides at ecarides@northampton.edu.


Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness HOLA Pocono Campus- Promotes and educates about Hispanic culture and the differences among Hispanic groups. This organization is open to all interested students. For more information on this student club, please contact advisos James Colon at jcolon@northampton.edu.

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