Claudia Espinosa


Claudia created the Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program with the goal to support and empower young Latinas to strive in school, and ultimately increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment among young Latinas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the City University of New York – CUNY. In May of 2013, Claudia received her second Master’s degree in Public Administration with an international specialization from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.

Sade-Amour Mirabal

Program Coordinator

Sade-Amour Mirabal received a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology in May of 2017 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sade-Amour became a L.O.V.E. mentor during the Fall of 2014 in hopes of becoming a role model for young women of color. Sade later interned as a part-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. while continuing her role as a mentor for the program. Sade is a proud Afro-Latina feminist who strives to empower young women of color. She believes that her current position as L.O.V.E.'s full-time Program Coordinator gives her the optimal platform to fulfill her goal.

Raquel Ras

Program Coordinator

Raquel is a recent graduate of Hunter College. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in May 2017. Through Hunter Career Services, Raquel started supporting L.O.V.E. as a social media intern. This role led her to become a part-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. Raquel has always been passionate about empowering other women to pursuit their goals. She believes that the lack of community outreach programs underserving young women, especially Latinas impacts the society as a whole. Through the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program, Raquel has found the tool and resources to empower and guide young Latinas on their journey from high school to college students.

Vanessa Mercedes


Vanessa is a senior at Baruch College, majoring in International Business with a minor in Marketing. As a young Latina herself, she understands the challenges that young Latinas face every day to pursue their dreams. She believes that everyone can achieve their goals if they have the right guidance. Because of this, she decided to become part of L.O.V.E. To help other girls like her overcome the challenges that they might face in their journey to chase their dreams.