About Us

FUTURO is an inclusive organization committed to creating equitable opportunities in education, our communities, and the workplace. We strive to enhance the quality of life for the underserved and underrepresented in our communities through education, leadership training, service, strong partner networks, and civic engagement.

Our Story

Since FUTURO’s inception, we have set ourselves apart from other organizations on campus. We focus on building a professionally driven, strong community of leaders who are engaged and prepared for the workforce. Our greatest asset is our group of determined young professionals, our alumni, leaders, and community partners. Along with our partners, our goal is to create a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforce. The wealth of support from FUTURO alumni, professional mentors, and volunteers provides students with guidance and inspiration, as well as opportunities for job shadow, internships, mentorship, career growth, and professional development.

FUTURO is the Spanish word for “future” because we intentionally work to make students’ dreams a reality.

Our Programs

FUTURO gives you access to the skills, resources, and opportunities that will help you succeed in school and your future career. Plus, don’t forget, there’s the familia — a community of peers, mentors, and alumni ready to support you.

FUTURO Select 100

The race to 100 is on! Earn points and rewards for activities like attending a FUTURO Leadership Conference, creating a resume, and more!

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Fast Track Program

The FUTURO Fast Track Program is an accelerated, 8-week course that prepares you for the college-to-career transition. Over the 8-week program, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the workforce through a variety of offerings.

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Leadership Conferences

Get together with all your favorite FUTURO friends for a day filled with skills training and inspiring talks from local community leaders and FUTURO alumni.

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Civic Engagement

We believe that you learn and apply your leadership skills and experience through acts of service and civic engagement.

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Our Mission

FUTURO, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the equity gaps in higher education by providing college- and career-readiness skills and leadership training for Hispanic/Latino students and other underrepresented peers. FUTURO believes in creating a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforce. We root ourselves in the Latino value of “familia.” Through our familia — alumni, community leaders, professional mentors, partners, and volunteers — students gain access to the skills, support, and opportunities they need to build self-confidence and improve their economic mobility. Professional development opportunities, like job shadowing, internships, and mentorship, prepare students to become business and civic leaders. One life, one familia, one community at a time — FUTURO students are creating a new future, right now.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

FUTURO is an inclusive organization committed to creating equitable opportunities in education, our communities, and the workplace. We strive to enhance the quality of life for the underserved and underrepresented in our communities through education, leadership training, service, strong partner networks, and civic engagement. We vow to partner with organizations both in the public and private sectors that align with our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All are welcome!

Where We Are

FUTURO supports student-led chapters at:

  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Cumberland University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Belmont University
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Tennessee Technical University

Our Aspire Chapter, run by alumni, serves currently unenrolled college students, hosts affiliate programs at Lipscomb University, Western Kentucky University, Vanderbilt University, and Fisk University. Are you interested in starting a chapter or getting involved but don't see your school listed? Reach out to us and let's talk about how to get you plugged in.

Where You'll Find Our Students & Alumni

FUTURO, with the help of our incredible partners and Employer Advisory Board, provides students and alumni access to job shadowing and internship opportunities, as well as post-graduation job placements. You can find FUTURO members in every industry, including healthcare, IT, business, finance, tourism, sports and entertainment, education, community organizations, government, law enforcement,  manufacturing, the music industry, and more. Here are just a few of the organizations where FUTURO alumni work:

  • Asurion
  • Bank of America
  • Caterpillar Financial
  • Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI)
  • Conexion Americas
  • Deloitte
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Nissan
  • Schneider Electric
  • United We Dream
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • YMCA Latino Achievers

Our diverse group of career paths and network provide a window of support from our alumni to our currently enrolled students. We are a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce thanks to our alumni and community partners.

Principles that Guide FUTURO

LEAD

FUTURO strongly emphasizes building connections by expanding networks on campus and with employers and community organizations. The Employer Advisory Board is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to have a direct pipeline to hire diverse, ambitious, determined, passionate young graduates who are eager to begin their professional careers.

SERVE

FUTURO strongly emphasizes building connections by expanding networks on campus and with employers and community organizations. The Employer Advisory Board is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to have a direct pipeline to hire diverse, ambitious, determined, passionate young graduates who are eager to begin their professional careers.

CONNECT

FUTURO strongly emphasizes building connections by expanding networks on campus and with employers and community organizations. The Employer Advisory Board is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to have a direct pipeline to hire diverse, ambitious, determined, passionate young graduates who are eager to begin their professional careers.

"Familia" is everything

Your FUTURO is now. Are you ready to join 600+ students that have reaped the enormous benefits of being a part of the familia? Join today!

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2022-2023 Annual Report

FUTURO invites you to read all about FUTURO's programming, impact, and work in the 2022-2023 Annual Report.

Annual Report Link

Executive Board and Staff

Our goal as a Board is for every student — that means you, too — is to see them leave college with a degree in one hand and a job offer in the other.

Allan Moreno

Allan Moreno

Executive Board Co-Vice Chair and FUTURO Alumnus
Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier

Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier

Executive Board Chair
Ann Gillespie

Ann Gillespie

Executive Board Treasurer and Co-Founder
Brianna "Antonella" Valdivia

Brianna "Antonella" Valdivia

Executive Board Member
Diana Medina

Diana Medina

Project Manager and Student Relations Intern
Eric Batchelder

Eric Batchelder

Civic and Community Engagement Intern
Haleigh Portillo

Haleigh Portillo

Research and Grant Coordinator
Jennifer Novo

Jennifer Novo

Executive Director and Executive Board Member
Kavya Patel

Kavya Patel

Executive Board Co-Vice Chair and FUTURO Alumna
Melinda Noblitt

Melinda Noblitt

Executive Board Member and Employer Advisory Board Member
Nancy Angel

Nancy Angel

Executive Board Member and FUTURO Alumna
Nate Talley

Nate Talley

Alumni Engagement Marketing Coordinator Intern
Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Executive Board Member and Employer Advisory Board Chair
Tanya Hernandez

Tanya Hernandez

Executive Board Member and FUTURO Alumna
Yessenia Gonzalez

Yessenia Gonzalez

Executive Board Member and Alumnus

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