At its 2014 Community Leadership Award celebration on June 4th, the Citizens Union recognized Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY, and other educational leaders for their roles in shaping the lives of young New Yorkers.

Entitled “Spring for Reform,” this event was held at the McGraw-Hill Building in Manhattan, and other honorees included: Luis Garden Acosta, Founder & President, El Puente, and Co-founder, El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice; David C. Banks, President/CEO, The Eagle Academy Foundation; Frances Lucerna, Executive Director and Co-founder, El Puente, and Founding Principal, El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice; and Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code.

The guest speaker at the celebration was Errol Louis from NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Citizens Union is a nonpartisan good government group dedicated to making democracy work for all New Yorkers. A civic watchdog, CU combats corruption and fights for political reform, working to ensure fair and open elections, honest and efficient government, and a civically-engaged public. Believing that an informed citizenry is the cornerstone of a thriving local democracy, Citizens Union Foundation—the research, education, and advocacy organization affiliated with CU—publishes, a front-row seat to New York City and New York State policies and politics.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services. 

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.