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Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo from District 84 (left) and Councilwoman María del Carmen Arroyo from District 17 (right) stand with Nydia R. Edgecombe. Both elected officials are Hostos graduates.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Affairs at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, received one of the main awards at the Entre Nosotras (Between Us) luncheon at the New York State Assembly and Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force’s SOMOS El Futuro Spring Conference. At this event, which took place in Albany on March 23, Edgecombe was recognized for her contributions to the Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities throughout the state, as well as her professional accomplishments in higher education and fundraising.

Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President of Bronx Community College, read Edgecombe’s biography to over 400 attendees, and New York State Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo presented the honoree with her award and a framed poster.

Edgecombe dedicated her award to the women enrolled at Hostos Community College. “These women see their future college degrees as a key to improving their occupational opportunities and economic lives, as well as those of their children.”

She also dedicated her award to the Hostos alumni. “They are my inspiration and give me energy to go on ‘porque en la lucha de Hostos nadie se cansa.’”

Furthermore, Edgecombe praised both Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo and New York City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, who are mother-and-daughter graduates of Hostos.

“Hostos exists today as a strong institution of higher learning because of the support of elected officials such as Carmen and María.  We owe much to these women who have helped to make Hostos a wonderful place and an educational haven in the South Bronx.” 

Other recipients of the Entre Nosotras awards included the following: The Honorable Jenny Rívera, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals; Ralina Miriam Cardona, community organizer and the director of the League of United Latin American Citizens; Sobeida Cruz, Vice President for Environmental Justice at the New York Power Authority (NYPA); Evelyn Hey, principal of the South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and Arts; Dr. Betty A. Rosa, Regent for the Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County); the Honorable Gabriela Rosa, New York State Assemblywoman, Direct 72; and the Honorable Llinet Beltre Rosado, Civil Court Judge of the Bronx Family Court.

About Entre Nosotras:
Entre Nosotras is a women’s empowerment group organized to support women and develop female leaders.  The organization works to advance and empower Hispanic families by enhancing social, educational and economic opportunities for diverse communities in the state of New York.

About Hostos Community College: Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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