“What better place is there to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month than Hostos Community College?”

That question came from Hostos President Dr. David Gómez, as the College launched its month-long celebration by recognizing important Latino leaders on September 15.

President Gómez talked about Hostos being both an anchor institution in the South Bronx that has proudly served a large Latino population and how the College’s namesake, Eugenio María de Hostos, served the same mission during the greater part of the 19th century all across South and Central America.

The event was coordinated with a lot of Hostos love by Ana García Reyes, Associate Dean for Community Relations, and Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations, who helped the College salute the honorees, including Dr. Betty Rosa, Hon. New York State Regents; Elizabeth de León Bhargava, The Hon. New York State Deputy Secretary of Labor; Milady Baéz, The Hon. New York City DOE Deputy Chancellor for English Language Learners; Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, President of the National Hispanic Dental Association; Jairo Guzmán, Mexican Coalition President and Founder; and Haile Rivera, Executive Director of The National Supermarkets Association (NSA).

Hostos also received several proclamations for its role in changing lives in the South Bronx and beyond.

To learn more about this wonderful Hispanic Heritage Month event, click here.

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.

Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) 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 CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.