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Diversity Dialog series - Tony Hernandez

Posted on Sep 24, 2013
1984 UW-Superior graduate returned to campus to talk about “The Modern Immigrant Experience and the Immigrant Archive Project.”
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1984 graduate Tony Hernandez (middle) interviewed these two for his Immigrant Archive Project.  Fernando Duran and Gabriela Theis.

1984 graduate Tony Hernandez (middle) interviewed these two for his Immigrant Archive Project. Fernando Duran and Gabriela Theis.

Tony Hernandez was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a child with his parents as political refugees in 1967.

Today he is the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of the Latino Broadcasting Company, which produes, distributes and markets nationally syndicated Hispanic music programs, features and sports programs to over 220 radio stations, TV stations and the web. He is also co-founder and executive producer of the Immigrant Archive Project, the first non-profit, comprehensive digital history project on Latino immigrants in the United States.

The former UW-Superior football also interviewed two immigrants for his Immigrant Archive Project while on campus. Prior to co-founding LBC in 1996, Mr. Hernandez was vice-president and general manager of ESPN Latin America, where he oversaw the cable networks operation in the region. Prior to joining ESPN, Tony was the sales manager at CBS Radio Networks. Mr. Hernandez is a 1984 graduate of the UW-Superior.

His presentation addressed issues regarding immigration reform and the Dream Act. He also shared several of his Immigrant Archive Project video interviews where people shared their personal stories of immigration to the United States.

The mission of the Immigrant Archive Project is to capture, archive and share unique stories of immigrants of all nations so that current and future generations may learn from their collective experience.

Mr. Hernandez was the 2013 UW-Superior Spring Commencement guest speaker in May at Wessman Arena and resides in Key Biscayne, Florida.

"UW-Superior has increased its numbers of Hispanic students, but we can do so much more. The opportunities that we have with our size and our student-center commitment is a perfect time to focus efforts on increasing our Hispanic/Latino population at UW-Superior," said Chip Beal the director of the multicultural affairs office at UW-Superior. Beal believes the visit by Mr. Hernandez wasl be very inspiring, "Tony Hernandez is a great asset. Not only is he a UW-Superior graduate, a long-time friend, he's also well known in the Hispanic community for his Immigrant Archive Project but also as the president and CEO of the Latino Broadcasting Company. This is a great collaboration and partneship."

Gabriela Theis is the multicultural student services specialist at UW-Superior and said the visit by Mr. Hernandez will have a big impact on campus, "Tony Hernandez can motivate us and serve as a role model for us and our community."

For more information on Tony Hernandez and his visit, you can follow these links:

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