Written by Este Yarmosh
Left to right, Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez, José Luis Maldonado, Maria Lazaro, and Carmen Cid, dean of Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences
The awards honor people who provide outstanding service to the Latino community. Honorees included community member Maria Lazaro of
Maldonado, a senior from Willimantic majoring in Communication with a minor in Sociology, was honored for his ongoing involvement in campus and community activities. He is the president of Eastern's Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.) Club. Maldonado has played an important role in reaching out to and helping the community through programs such as Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics, and has served as a mentor for the Positive Steps Mentoring Program with the Windham Public Schools. He also helped to establish the M.A.L.E.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Lazaro is the coordinator of the "Promotores de Salud Program," a program located in
Lazaro was instrumental in encouraging women in the Health Literacy Class at
Cid is a nationally recognized ecologist who has been a mentor, scholar and leader on campus and in the community and at Eastern. She has presented at 46 seminars in 15 states on topics such as making cross-disciplinary connections in a liberal arts curriculum and developing strategies for infusing science literacy concepts throughout the entire undergraduate liberal arts experience. Cid's work on recruitment and retention of women and minorities in the sciences has earned her national recognition. Her "Urban Ecologist" interactive science kit for 4th-6th graders was part of an award-winning Women in Science Series funded by the National Science Foundation. Cid currently serves as chair of the Ecology Education Odum Award committee and chair of the Board of Professional Certification for the Ecological Society of America, which represents over 10,000 ecologists working in this country. Additionally, she has had a long and distinguished career at Eastern, as a professor of biology and now as the dean of the