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Connecticut Latino Commissioner Montalvo Speaks

On Nov. 1, Lourdes Montalvo '06, a member of Connecticut's Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission and director of community outreach and constituent services for the State of Connecticut, spoke in Anthropology Professor Mary Kenny's 'Women and Work' class about her experiences as an activist, Latina and advocate for a diverse array of populations. 

Montalvo described approaches that are most effective in forging change to improve the quality of life for residents of Connecticut, from those wanting to start a small business to advocacy on behalf of workers, to scholarships for students. Montalvo, a 2011 recipient of Eastern's Latin American Distinguished Service Award, said the spirit and determination that has that helped her confront immense financial, emotional and social difficulties -- homelessness, the loss of a child, cultural disparities and discrimination -- compelled her advocacy, outreach and education on behalf of marginalized populations.  She urged students to get involved, vote, mentor and speak out.

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