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Karina Taufi, Coordinator 

Karina Taufi moved to Clarksville in July 2014.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.S from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a Chicago native and a first-generation college student here in the U.S.  Prior to being the Hispanic Cultural Center Coordinator, Karina worked in Undergraduate Admissions and Advising at several institutions.  She truly enjoys working with students and loves the positive energy that being on a college campus brings.  When she is not working Karina enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and running.  

 Dr. Ruiz

Dr. Ruiz-Avilés, Cultural Director

Dr. Ruiz-Avilés has been the Cultural Director of the Hispanic Cultural Center since it first opened back in 2005. He is also a Professor of Hispanic Literature, History, and Language. He holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also the Coordinator of the Study Abroad Program in Spain. His personal interests include Hispanic literature, cinema, and travel.


Randy Valerio, Graduate Assistant '13 and '15

Randy Valerio has been part of the Hispanic Cultural Center since 2009 when he came to Austin Peay. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology here in Austin Peay and is now enrolled in the I/O Psychology graduate program with hopes in graduating in May 2015. Randy enjoys working at the Center, working out, occasionally playing video games, and spending time with his friends and family. 

Student Worker Staff

Amber Bowens '16

Nathaniel Fox '15

Kellyann Glendenning '17

Kelly Hernandez '16

Ty Peoples '16

Ashley Goldsmith '18

Melody Bailey '18

Briana Owen '18