Matilde Suescun is interested in the role of Hispanic media as a tool for social change. Her fellowship at Stanford has focused on the intersection of digital tools, media and education to promote diversity and inclusion. She believes in the user-centric approach, so she immersed herself in Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). She also worked on a project for a company in an interdisciplinary class with the Graduate School of Business. She explored classes in social entrepreneurship, storytelling and film studies.
A strategy to create content that inspires Hispanic teenagers to seek a college education.
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Feeling comfortable with uncertainty, experimenting with new things, cross-pollinating between disciplines, prototyping, testing and iterating are some of the things I’ve learned at Stanford.
Matilde Suescun is director of digital for the Community Empowerment Initiative at Univision. Born in Paris in the 1960s, her upbringing was shaped by the ideals of social change, women’s revolution and equal opportunity. In Colombia, where she was raised, she wrote her first articles for the magazine Cromos, where her father worked. She went on to become an actress and left Colombia with a scholarship to study acting in Los Angeles and New York. But, disillusioned with the stereotypical Latina roles she was cast in, she decided to go back to journalism. After earning a communications degree in France, Suescun moved to Miami, where she worked as a radio producer, then at a startup focused on health news in Spanish. At the beginning of the Internet boom, she joined the team that launched Univision.com. She worked as a writer, then editor. Suescun went on to launch the sales and marketing department. For the last four years, she has supervised the digital extensions of Univision’s corporate initiatives, including an award-winning education campaign.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.