Hispanic Heritage Month 2021: Celebrating Influential Latinx Alumni Scholars, Creatives, and Social Justice Warriors

New School Alumni
3 min readSep 23, 2021

In recognition of Hispanic Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, we’re pleased to showcase Latinx alumni whose influential work in academia, activism, and the arts continue to shape our world, from inspiring authors to Grammy Award-winning musicians.


Duncan Tonatiuh Smith, BFA Integrated Design ’08 & BA Liberal Arts ’08
Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight
Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

Jasmin Hernandez, BBA Strategic Design and Management ’02
We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World

Anna Meriano, MFA Creative Writing ’15
Love Sugar Magic: A Mixture of Mischief

Gema Kloppe-Santamaria, MA Sociology ’10; PhD Sociology and Historical Studies ’18
In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Megin Jiménez, MFA Creative Writing ’04
Mongrel Tongue

Mia García, MFA Creative Writing ’09
The Resolutions

Art + Design

Denni Elias, BBA Strategic Design & Management ’16
Founder, Club Sirena

Renell Medrano, BFA Photography ’14

Narciso Rodriguez, BFA Fashion Design ’82
Founder, Narciso Rodriguez

Lazaro Hernandez, BFA Fashion Design ’02,
Co-founder, Proenza Schouler

Lauren Rodriguez, BFA Fine Arts ’15
Founder, LOROD

Antonia Wright, MFA Creative Writing ’05

Camila Capra, BFA Integrated Design ’15
Founder and Designer, Krudo Studio

Leslie Jiménez, BFA Fine Arts ’12
Multi-disciplinary artist and educator

Carolina Acosta, BFA Communication Design ’15
Founder, Tragos Games
Forbes 30 Under 30

Daniela Velasco, BBA Strategic Design and Management ’14
Creative Director, Photographer, and Designer
Creative Director, Drift Magazine


Julio Torres, BA Literary Studies ’11
Comedian, creator and actor on HBO’s My Favorite Shapes and Los Espookys

Chris Costa, MFA Acting ’19
Actor, Sesame Street


Linda Briceño, BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music ’18 & MA Arts, Management and Entrepreneurship ’19

Media and Policy

Raquel DeAnda, MS Design & Urban Ecologies ’15
Curator and Cultural Producer
Minister of Bridge Building, US Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging

Ana L. Oliveira, MA Anthropology ’84
President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Pamela Aguilar, BA Liberal Arts ’05
Vice President, Original Documentaries — MTV Entertainment Group
Board Member, Women Make Movies; NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Advisory Committee; and Jackson Wild’s New Voices Committee

Iyana Martin Diaz, BFA Communication Design ’19 & BA Culture and Media ’19
Founder, WMXN CREATIVE, a zine that addresses inequity for womxn of color within visual art and design, as well as the world of feminism

Daniela Alulema, MS Urban Policy Analysis & Management ’15
Program Director, Center for Migration Studies

Nelson Barbosa, PhD Economics ’02
Brazilian economist and professor of economics

Stay tuned for upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month alumni events and be sure to join an alumni community group, including Latinx Alumni Group.



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