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Dynamic Women in Leadership Forum Reminds attendees why Hostos Community College is The Jewel of the South Bronx…

March 25, 2011 (New York) –With the aim of inspiring and empowering current students at Hostos to believe in every stage of their lives as pivotal to their educational development, the Dynamic Women In Leadership Forum, sponsored by the President’s Office took place yesterday at the campus’ Multipurpose Room. President Matos indicated, “The exceptionally dynamic women in our faculty, administration, and staff, as well as those who studied, taught, or worked here in other capacities over four decades, have helped to make Hostos what it is today.”

The Forum presented seven vibrant and forceful women who shared their professional and educational journey. The program began with distinguished guest speaker Monserrate (Monsi) C. Román, Chief Microbiologist of NASA, followed by Hostos alumni: Ischia Bravo, Executive Director for the Bronx Democratic County Committee; Dr. Mirkeya Capellán, Information Technology Manager with Sogeti USA; Michelle Cruz, Proprietor of the East Harlem Café; Hamide Laucer, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Hostos; Jasmin Rivera, Global Scholar alumni, currently in her second year of her Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University and Dr. Christine Mangino, Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Hostos.

The women experts urged students to find mentors to guide them through their educational crossing, reminded them that mistakes are inevitable and can be beneficial if seen in the right light and urged them to embrace and to be proud of their accents and their differences if they found themselves to be the “odd man out” in any given situation.

Distinguished guest speaker Monsi C. Román, emphasized the importance of listening and considering when other leaders, professors, and senior supervisors, “see strengths and leadership qualities you never thought you had.”

Before the event Román met with four Hostos students who will be working at NASA over the summer. Two students are going to Goddard Space Flight Center in New York: Aridia Polanco (Civil Engineering) and Nicolás J. de Jesús (Civil Engineering); and Adrián Posada (Electrical Engineering) and Qudus O. Lawal (Chemical Engineering) are going to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama with Professor Nieves Angulo.

During the meeting she encouraged them, to not shy away from challenging senior scientists if they think they have something to contribute.

The Dynamic Women in Leadership Forum was one of a kind, inspiring, bold and a perfect event for Women’s History Month.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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