Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media Company serving Hispanic America, unveiled five new Univision Media Centers at middle schools in Austin, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Oakland. As a part of the Company’s mission, each Univision Media Center will empower a new generation with access to tools and technology for Latino students to pursue careers in the media industry in the United States.
“Univision understands and embraces the importance of multiculturalism in this ever-changing industry and increasingly diverse society. Since our Company began operations more than 60 years ago, Univision is driven by its mission to give a voice to the Hispanic community,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO, UCI. “With the launch of new Univision Media Centers across the country, we are proud to directly impact the communities we serve; committed to creating and increasing opportunities and diversity in media and technology, where Latinos are still severely underrepresented.”
Univision Media Centers aim to provide students with experience in production and editing equipment in addition to receiving training from media professionals at UCI. Curriculum is tailored to the students for use in the classroom which will include programs utilizing the donated equipment for a hands on experience.
The ceremonies were broadcast LIVE on Univision Network’s hit morning show “Despierta América”. Celebrating alongside one another were the middle schools’ principals, community members, students, teachers, parents and elected officials, in addition to Univision executives including EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Jessica Rodriguez, SVP of Corporate Relations & Community Empowerment Ivelisse Estrada and Senior Vice President of News for Local Media Chris Peña, among others, and popular Univision personalities Karina Banda, Jessica Cediel, Fernanda Kelly, Eliecer Marte, Alina Mayo Azze, Luis Sandoval and William Valdés.
The inauguration builds on UCI’s National Employee Week of Service, where earlier this year Univision employees and on-air personalities broke ground on these five Univision Media Centers at Hernandez Middle School in Austin, TX, Para Los Niños Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, CA, Pulaski International School of Chicago in Chicago, IL, Ruben Dario Middle School in Miami, FL and United for Success Academy in Oakland, CA. Univision held the ribbon-cutting of the first-ever Univision Media Center at the New Venture Community School in the Bronx, NY in January.