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Elena Romero first joined CWE as an adjunct lecturer in 2004, teaching courses in advertising and public relations. She made the transition to academic advisor one year later. In addition to her advising role, Elena is also responsible for coordinating all communication efforts at CWE including marketing, advertising and public relations. She also edits This Month, the monthly newsletter and is also responsible for updating and maintaining the CWE website. Prior to joining CWE full-time, Elena served as a freelance special sections editor for the New York Post's Tempo, a monthly supplement devoted to Latino culture and lifestyle. Simultaneously, Elena taught advertising and a number of journalism-related courses at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Having brief stints at WNYC-AM, WBAI-FM and WCBS-TV, Elena launched her print career in 1996 as a reporter for Fairchild Publications. Elena would eventually serve as an editor for Fairchild fashion bibles Women's Wear Daily (WWD) and DNR. In 2002, she made her transition into academia as an adjunct in the Advertising Marketing Communications department of FIT. In 2008, Ms. Romero served as co-writer for the short CWE documentary entitled "Sucess in the City." She has also served as production coordinator & interviewer for CWE's 25th Anniversary documentary entitled "Step by Step," produced by Jezebel Productions. In 2006, Ms. Romero produced a 26-piece historical museum installation entitled "Celebrating 25." Ms. Romero is the co-founder of the City College Center for Worker Education "Is Hip Hop History?" Conference launched in February 2010.s. Ms. Romero is the recipient of the 2011 Colin Powell center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York's Faculty Leadership Award.
Ms. Romero is the author of Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry (April 30, 2012) , a title in the series Hip Hop in America, published by Praeger.
Elena holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a M.S. in Publishing, both from New York University. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Elena’s journalistic excellence and contributions to fashion journalism was recognized by the Urban Fashion Journalism Award from the Urban Fashion Awards Show in 2002. Courses Regularly Taught: Intro to Advertising (MCA 21004); Intro to Public Relations (MCA 20904); Public Relations Writing (MCA 36204); Corporate Communications (MCA 35004); Intro to Publishing (ENGL 32514); and Print Journalism Workshop (IAS 31400).
Previous publications include WWD, DNR, NY Post, USA Weekend, Vibe, Savoy, Sportswear International, Latina, Urban Latino, and GIANT.