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From cashier to Professor

Salvador arrived in the United States one year ago from Havana, Cuba. Previously a professor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Havana, Salvador’s first job in the U.S. was as a cashier at Burlington Coat Factory and Marshalls at the Jersey Gardens mall. Through his own research and much perseverance, Salvador was able to get his credentials evaluated and secure a position as an adjunct Spanish professor at the local Union County Community College in Elizabeth, NJ. Salvador also teaches at the Bronx Community College, committing to a 3-4 hour weekly commute each way. Salvador holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from University of Salamanca, Spain. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and hopes to return to Mexico after receiving his green card in order to defend his dissertation. Salvador lives in New Jersey with his wife and 11-month-year-old daughter.

Salvador gathers with students after teaching class. Photo: IRC

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