Juvencio Rocha Peralta, Jr.
Executive Director, Association of Mexicans in North Carolina Inc. (AMEXCAN), Greenville, NC
Juvencio Rocha Peralta is instrumental in connecting immigrant and Latino communities to services and resources as Executive Director of AMEXCAN and its six chapters. His influence on community engagement scholarship (CES) has been profound as he helps faculty and students understand ethnic, cultural and linguistic issues in CES. He is a key gatekeeper in the community who understands how to match a community issue with a faculty member’s expertise and research methodology.
He partners with ECU CES faculty on grants, peer reviewed publications, and presentations. He has co-created community and research presentations in venues such as NC Governor McCrory’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, North Carolina where he highlighted his collaborations with ECU faculty member Hur.
Rocha Peralta participated in Managing and Mismanaging Migration at the School for Advanced Research where he shared his perspective as a Mexican migrant who had held multiple low-wage jobs and the challenges that could be addressed through CES en published his contributions in a book chapter. He played a key role in the Latino Oral History project currently housed online in the East Carolina University (ECU) Joyner Library. His work with ECU faculty spans projects promoting better nutrition, awareness of domestic violence, and local health workers among the Latino population of ENC.
Rocha Peralta works tirelessly to promote, to advocate with, and to help others understand issues facing migrants, immigrants and ESL/non-English speakers.