Moving Forward...Honoring Our Legacy

About Us

The Friends of the HRIC is a community group established to help secure the ongoing development and operation of the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC) at the Newark Public Library.  The NJHRIC is an institution devoted to the rescue and preservation of the Latino historic legacy in the state of New Jersey.  The Friends of the HRIC supports the work of the three components of the NJHRIC. The organization also sponsors events and activities that help increase awareness of the various Latino communities in New Jersey.


Velázquez Luyanda, M.Ed.                                                                    Grissele Camacho

Historian, Educator, and Activist                                                                                                       Attorney at Law

Chair                                                                                                                                                       Vice-Chair

Ernesto Fidel Díaz Guerrero                                                                          Loyda Rivera, CSW

Social Studies Teacher, M.A.                                                                                                               FOCUS Hispanic Center

Secretary                                                                                                                                                Treasurer

Ingrid Betancourt, MLS                                                                                  Yesenia López, MLIS

Director, NJHRIC – NPL Liason                                                                                                       Archivist, NJHRIC at NPL


Olga Jiménez Wagenheim, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Rutgers University

Founding Chair

Hector Bonilla, M. Ed.                                                                                    Luis Del Orbe

Educator and Activist, Retired                                                                                                            Student, Rutgers University

Vivian Lanzot                                                                                                  Donna Lorenzo

Career Development Services                                                                                                             Director of Health Careers Program

Civic Engagement, NJIT                                                                                                                      Montclair State University

Yolanda Méndez, Ed.S.                                                                                  Gloria Montealegre

School Administrator                                                                                                                          Public Relations & Outreach Specialist

Joel Ramírez, MBA

Assistant Director, Berkeley College


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