Participants for celebration for Women’s History Month

On March 30th, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College was very well represented at Dominican Sunday’s closing celebration for Women’s History Month, which was held in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

The following Hostos Community College women were recognized at this event: María Cano, Director of COPE; Idelsa Méndez, Graduate Employment Coordinator; Soldanela Rivera López, Director of Communications and College Relations; and two alumnæ, Bronx Community College Associate Dean Fénix Arias and community activist Walkiria Dilone.

The celebration was also attended by the New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, and New York City Councilman Mark Levine of District 7 (who expressed his admiration for Dominican Sunday in perfect Spanish), and Altagracia Hiraldo, the event’s Founder and President.

Dean Ana García Reyes, a longtime Dominican Sunday volunteer, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and spoke about the valuable work this organization has been doing since 1995 under Hiraldo’s leadership and with the collaboration of Chairwoman Leila Arbaje.

García Reyes, who was also recognized, thanked the sponsors and elected officials: “Hostos Community College appreciates the recognition of our own colleagues and alumnæ. These are dedicated women and distinguished professionals who always go above and beyond the call of duty to help students and serve the members of their communities.” 

All the elected officials in attendance praised Hiraldo for her leadership and commitment.

The honorees and members of the Dominican Sunday board also received Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Rangel and Citations of Merit from Manhattan Borough President Brewer.

Other honorees were Marisol Alcántara, Milady C. Báez, Carmen Fuentes, Alina Herrera-Villegas, Katherine Hiraldo, Aura Rosario Jiménez, Sabrina Pérez, Carmen Serrano, and Jennifer Tannenbaum.

Dominican Sunday is a nonprofit organization that works to empower the Hispanic community of Manhattan Valley and the Upper West Side by providing workshops, cultural activities, civic engagement classes, English as a second language courses, after-school tutoring, and a host of other offerings that contribute to community unity and strength.

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.