Written by Jack Meltzer
Winners of the 2010 Latin American Distinguished Service Awards, left to right, are Migdalia Salas, Jeanette Rivera, Eastern President Elsa Núñez, and Amelinda Vasquez.
Vazquez, a senior from
Migdalia Salas, an Eastern alumnus, has dedicated her life to promoting numerous significant arts and educational initiatives throughout the state of
Salas is currently working on Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul, an art exhibit curating by Eastern Professor of Art History Gail Gelburd. The exhibition had a very successful run in
Salas also served on the founding board of directors of the Latin Network for the Visual Arts (LNVA) and works closely with the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut on fundraising and cultural programs. As director of development for the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC), she develops culturally based programs, raising funds and talking to legislators to bring high quality education to not only Latino middle-school students, but to all students of New London County.
Jeanette Rivera has been a leader in residential and housing life at Eastern since 2005. She works with contractors to set up and implement new facilities and improvements in various common areas in Noble Hall and implement new multipurpose rooms in Mead Hall.
Rivera has served on more than 10 campus committees including institutional advancement, minority alumni and excellence in service to the University. Rivera served as co-chair at the Seventh Annual New England Latino Student Leadership Conference. The conference is designed to encourage connections between Latino student college leaders within the