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Celebrating Diversity in NLC RI

“Cortado Por La Misma Tijera. Celebrando La Belleza de Nuestra Cultura Latina”

Eliesel Morales, NLC RI Class of 2016, was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He grew up in public housing and was raised by a single immigrant mother of four. He grew up in a culture of violence and non-stop drama which ultimately led him down the path of self-destruction, where he found himself addicted to drugs and eventually wound up in prison.

Today, Eliesel is thirty years old and has completely turned his life around.  He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and loving father of three, as well as the co-founder of an interactive classified-ad site for the Latino community.

During the summer of 2016, as Eliesel was doing work at the local Latino festivals for where he documented and promoted the different parades and festivals he realized that although these beautiful dances and costumes were a common occurrence in these celebrations, most people didn't know what they meant.


In light of Hispanic Heritage Month, Eliesel put together an art and culture exhibit called “Cortado Por La Misma Tijera. Celebrando La Belleza de Nuestra Cultura Latina” -- “Cut from the Same Cloth. Embracing the Beauty of our Diversity”. This beautiful exhibit aims to highlight the importance of the different forms of art in the Latino culture by featuring local Latino artwork as well as traditional costumes and much more.

According to Eliesel, “ I felt that it was the perfect time to address this topic through displaying these traditional costumes along with their histories and origins. All are unique to the different Hispanic cultures of Rhode Island”.

In addition to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the beauty of our local diversity, the exhibit will also donate all proceeds to purchasing Christmas gifts for kids whose parents are incarcerated or deported.

Eliesel’s love and passion for his community is palpable, and New Leaders Council Rhode Island is incredibly proud and humbled by his work and determination.

If you want to learn more about Eliesel’s work with the Latino community email him at  

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