(left to right) Candida Flores, Family Life Education's executive director, presents the Transforming Lives Award to Eastern President Elsa Núñez.
On Nov. 3, Eastern President Elsa Núñez received the 2012 Transforming Lives Award from Hartford-based Family Life Education during its 25th anniversary gala at the Connecticut Convention Center.
In accepting the award, Núñez talked about the challenges and struggles that Latinos have faced in Connecticut and the impact that education can have on a person's life. "When someone in a Puerto Rican family, an African American family, or an inner-city student from a low-income family is the first family member to attend college, it not only transforms one life," she said. "Graduating from college tells a student, 'Yes you can.' It tells his or her family, 'We are strong.' It tells an entire neighborhood, 'We can succeed.' It is like a pebble tossed into still water -- it ripples and ripples, until it reaches all shores."
"President Núñez is a powerful example of career achievement for Family Life Education clients, especially the girls and women who are served by our organization," said Candida Flores, Family Life Education's executive director. "She has devoted her entire career to the field of education, with special attention to supporting communities of color obtain access to higher learning, including the development of a program identifying Hartford students who have the capacity to succeed academically."