In September 2019, we welcomed our new Youth Programs Manager, María Paula Lujum, to the Centro team. Maria Paula is a native of Colombia and recently relocated to Madison from Atlanta to join us.
What motivated you to work at Centro?
I am a person that is invigorated by initiatives or programs that have a purpose. Before moving to Madison, I worked in programs that involved inclusion, diversity from an equity lens with youth and Latino women.
I came across Centro's work through a common connection while working on Inclusion and Diversity initiatives. As I did more research and learned more about the organization's values and work, I got interested. I liked the holistic approach that Centro has, the work with youth and the community and I wanted to be part of it.
What are your goals as a new Youths Program Manager?
I believe in leadership, I would like to be a support for the staff and build a team with a defined purpose. We are here for the students, but I also want to develop an environment that is respectful/mindful of the well being of coworkers, especially the youth coordinators. I would like to keep building on the foundation that has already been established; and help guide students that are seeking new horizons.
What do you like to do outside Centro?
I like to travel. I like to be connected with people from around the world. I enjoy learning from those experiences. I also enjoy attending concerts and listening to podcasts and to know what is happening in other countries.
Would you like to add anything else?
I would like to invite everyone to be part of our Centro: this is an open space and we welcome you with open arms. It is a perfect place because it feels like home and I work with people that inspire me.