Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ NYU Kimmel Center 


Celebrating 29 Years...

Damaris L. Mercado  serves as the Director of Programming  handling all logistics to help improve, expand, create, and produce the various offerings and events under the umbrella of the Latino College Expo, Inc.

With over 25 years experience creating, directing and producing events and programs in the fields of entertainment, wellness and education, Damaris has had the great fortune of working closely with artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, Eddie Palmieri and many others.

Damaris enjoys coaching, consulting  and speaking with students, parents and guardians to help them better understand and navigate through the various pathways of higher education and figure out what's right for them.

Tidbit - Damaris is the proud mom of 2 sons (high school and college aged) and has balanced her single parenting life over the years with a family of friends, lots of good food, traveling, writing, photography, dancing, running, rollerblading and yoga (of which she holds 3 teaching certifications). She's also the founder of BFitFabnFree, a global initiative to help "free people of physical and financial pain".

Antonio Aponte  serves as the Executive Director. He co-founded the Latino College Expo Inc. to help elevate the educational aspirations of the Latino community by offering an array of specialized services sensitive their needs.Now in its 26th year, LCE has become one of the most anticipated educational events in the Northeast having administered over $80,000 in grants to deserving high school students of Latino decent. 

In addition to LCE, Antonio is currently the Director of Educational and Career Services for The Boy's Club of New York overseeing the various programs offered, such as the Independent School Placement program; College Access programs; and Career Placement services.

He has received many accolades for his work in the community, and has presented at numerous national conferences.

Tidbit - in 1986 Antonio achieved fame in the Broadway hit "Cuba and his Teddy Bear ", opposite Robert DeNiro, Burt Young, and Ralph Macchio.

James Rodríguez  serves the area of  Community & Schools Outreach.  He is a retired teacher from the NYC Department of Education who believes the Latino College Expo has become the premier springtime college fair in New York City.
He struck up a friendship with Founder Antonio Aponte decades ago, when he was at SUNY Purchase and would visit his school to talk with students about attending college.
Mr Rodríguez is currently Coordinator of Student Activities at the Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, and reaches out to colleagues throughout the system to encourage them to spread the word about the Expo to all students.
Tidbit - "You get kids to understand that the things they are learning in and out of the classroom in high school have their place in the post-secondary admissions process,” he said. “Colleges are looking for the whole student. You want kids who are academically eligible for certain schools, but it’s important to let kids know that no matter what your academic level, there is a college out there for you, but you have to do your homework.”


Those Helping to Make A Difference