Dont ever be satisfied. Always
look for ways to make things better and dont be afraid
to take risks.
¿Qué Pasa, OSU? recently met with
Ezra Escudero to talk about his past, present and future
plans. Like many Latinos in the United States, Ezra has
a very interesting family history. He was raised by Mexican
parents who moved to Mansfield. His two younger sisters
attended Ohio State, a tradition that Ezra himself started
in his family.
He graduated with a Bachelor in International Studies from
Ohio State in Spring 1996 and began working with Unisys
Corporation that September, as an Account Executive. After
a winding journey that brought him back to Columbus in 2000,
this October 2003, Ezra started to work with the Commission
on Hispanic/Latin@ Affairs as its Executive Director.
Ezra has as a motto he likes to share with everybody: Dont
ever be satisfied. Always look for ways to make things better
and dont be afraid to take risks. He also puts
his words into action.
From participating in speech and debate to being a member
and president of Alpha Psi Lambda, and the Executive Editor
of ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?, Ezra was very involved
since his freshman year at Ohio State. About a year after
his graduation, Ezra moved to Pittsburgh to work with Unisys
for three years. While in Pittsburgh, Ezra was involved
with the Latin American Cultural Union, the Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce in Western Pennsylvania, the World Affairs Council,
and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Three years ago, he moved back to Columbus to help his
father open a jewelry store, but those plans were put on
hold, so he continued working with Unisys. In 2001, Ezra
started a bilingual newspaper called Nuestro Ohio with the
idea of filling the gap that exists in connecting Latin@s
with their new community in Columbus, connecting non-Latin@s
and Latin@s, and informing the community-at-large about
news, ideas, and events taking place here in Central Ohio
and around the state. The first edition of the newspaper
was published in April 2002.
Although he continues to be involved behind the scenes
of the newspaper for design and strategy purposes, Ezra
has left the newspaper in the good hands of his team, including
Editor-In-Chief Ana Quevedo, and Special Events Coordinator
Guadalupe Velasquez. His new initiative is his work as the
Executive Director of the Commission on Hispanic/Latin@
Affairs. The legal mandate of the Latino Affairs Commission
is broad in its scope, and that gives the Commission the
flexibility to best serve the interests of the Hispanic
community and all the Ohioans, Ezra explained. In
order to better focus attention and resources on the different
areas of need, Ezra has suggested the categories of Health
& Public Safety, Economic Development, Immigration &
Labor, Education & Youth, and Culture. Apart from building
an awareness of the different problems affecting the Latino
community, his duties as the new Executive Director include
educating the public, building public safety and helping
in its economic development.
¿Qué Pasa, OSU? wishes Ezra great success
in this new stage in his career and hopes that he accomplishes
all the goals that he has as he begins his duties as the
new Executive Director of the Commission on Hispanic/Latin@
Affairs. We are very proud to have Ezra as one of our Alumni.