Hostos Student Ambassador
Elizabeth was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States in 2004. In a very short time as a student at Hostos Community College, Elizabeth has participated in a variety of programs and been supported by the entire college community in her search to find the road that she wants to travel on. Elizabeth’s goal is to become a bilingual therapist and have her own clinical practice. She would love to work with adolescents and adults to provide them with a forum to discuss their issues and challenges from a proper cultural perspective. This is important for her, because being a Latina immigrant, she could not find a therapist to help her to address her concerns from her cultural point of view and it was frustrating to her.
In the spring of 2008, Elizabeth was accepted as a member of Hostos Leadership Academy’s Student Ambassador Program. In the time since she began her ambassadorship, she has been quite successful in a variety of areas and has been acknowledged for her efforts.
Elizabeth was the student-coordinator for a community service outreach event at the Isabella Nursing Home in Washington Heights, where Hostos Student Ambassadors and S.O.S. Team Members served a community of retired New Yorkers by providing them with company, support and glistening smiles for a day. Elizabeth was also a participant at the New York State Model Senate Session project at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference in Albany this past spring and she was awarded a five hundred dollar scholarship for an essay that she wrote on her position with regard to the issue of Congestion Pricing in New York City. Elizabeth has in a short time become a great spokeswoman for the college and is making strides towards playing a more significant leadership role in a number of areas, both on the Hostos campus and off.
Elizabeth is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, participated in the Summer Honors Institute, was awarded a CUNY Leadership Award in May and is married to her beloved and supportive husband, Omar.
Elizabeth Soriano graduated in January of 2009 and is currently attending The City College of New York. She was also selected as one of the inaugural fellows for the CUNY Leadership Academy, which she graduated from in June 2009.
For more information on the CUNY Leadership Academy Fellowship Program please visit:http://cla.cuny.edu