Announcing The Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship!

francisco-y-laura-jimenezThe Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship at Santa Clara University (SCU)!

It gives us great pleasure in announcing the Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship! We are pleased that this initiative is being co-led by one of our Cultura Ambassador, Josef Castaneda-Liles.

Dr. Francisco Jiménez and his wife Laura Jimenez have dedicated their lives to empowering Latino students and first-generation students from various backgrounds. Coming from humble beginnings as a migrant farm worker, Dr. Jiménez earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1966 and a doctorate from Columbia University. He returned to SCU and led a successful career in teaching, advocacy and writing that spanned more than forty years. He published multiple books that chronicled his experience as an immigrant and first-generation college student that have touched the lives of countless individuals. His wife Laura Jimenez (class of 1967) worked at SCU for 19 years, including her service as the first staff member of SCU’s community-based Eastside Project.

Inspired by the legacy of the Jiménez family, the SCU Chicano/Latino Alumni Chapter is leading the effort to raise $100,000 to endow the Francisco and Laura Jiménez Breaking Through Scholarship, which will support first-generation college students at SCU. Our desire is to honor Francisco Jiménez this year in recognition of his 50th undergraduate reunion. We are pleased to have an initial $25,000 matching gift challenge from an SCU parent inspired by Dr. Jiménez’s story. Please join us in honoring Francisco and Laura’s legacy of service by making a gift to this scholarship. Visit to learn more and make your gift today.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez – SVL Cultura Ambassador


Mr. Gutierrez is a global information technology and business consulting executive with more than two decades in top leadership roles in Global 500 organizations and national non-profits.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez - SVL Cultura AmbassadorMr. Gutierrez is Group Vice President for Oracle Corporation, where he is responsible of the Consulting business for the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Mr. Gutierrez also serves as Board Member and Chairman of Advisory Board at HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council); a Board Member of CHLI (The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute), and also a Member of Enova Thinking Board, a network of top business leaders with the goal of speeding up sustainable business growth in the Americas.

Mr. Gutierrez expertise in business and technology consulting has been constantly recognized in the Americas. He has been awarded as one of the HITEC 100 executives by HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) during 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These awards are given to the top Hispanic executives in the US in recognition for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the IT Industry.

He was also recognized in 2014 by Great Minds in STEM in the Information Technology category, and was named one of the Most Influential Hispanics in Technology by the Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2011.

Mr. Gutierrez has been invited to address technology issues in prominent forums including the United States Congress, CHLI Leadership Forum, HITEC Summits and Oracle Open World, among others.


Mr. Gutierrez is a Computer Engineer graduated from the University Simon Bolivar of Venezuela, with graduate degrees in Management in Telecommunications from the University Simon Bolivar and the “Institut National des Télécommunications” of France.

Mr. Gutierrez volunteers as a runner and cyclist for charitable organizations as the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and Life Runners. He is married with three children and lives in Davie, Florida.


Jorge Titinger – SVL Cultura Ambassador

Jorge is the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors for SGI and has been since February 2012. Mr. Titinger previously worked for Verigy Ltd., where he served as president and CEO. Prior to Verigy, Mr. Titinger held executive positions at Form Factor, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corporation, and Applied Materials, Inc.

Jorge Titinger - SVL Cultura AmbassadorBefore his 17 year career in the semiconductor equipment industry, he spent 10 years in the computer industry at Hewlett-Packard Company, MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. Mr. Titinger was recognized for his excellence in leadership as a 2013 CEO of the Year at the Annual CEO World Awards, in the category, “Operational Effective.” He was also named to the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC)’s prestigious HITEC 100 list and received the SVL (Silicon Valley Latino) Gente’s Choice Award in the Latino Trailblazer category. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University. Jorge also serves as the Board Chair for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

We are also proud to note that he is one of the Latino executives who inspires us by the work he leads. He was also recently named by Silicon Valley Latino to the inaugural “SVL List” in the Corporate category