The 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Oct. 24 will feature a keynote address by noted diversity advocate and White House appointee Cid Wilson.

MADISON, NJ—Drew University and the Morristown Neighborhood House have joined forces to honor seven local leaders of Hispanic ethnicity whose achievements have enriched Morris County businesses, governments, health care institutions, schools and cultural organizations. The 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration—“Latino Roots, American Pride”—, set for October 24, will be anchored by a keynote address from White House appointee Cid Wilson, a recognized national leader in advancing diversity.

“Drew is pleased to partner with Neighborhood House to honor local residents who are leaders not only in their respective professions, but also in Morris County’s vibrant Hispanic community,” said University President Vivian A. Bull. “This event—which is supported by many others on campus that celebrate diversity—represents Drew’s long-standing commitment to embracing multiculturalism in our own community and beyond.”

Keynote speaker Wilson, in addition to his work as a Forbes #1 ranked financial analyst, is a national leader in promoting Hispanic culture, a pursuit that led President Barack Obama to appoint him to serve on the National Museum of American Latino Study Commission. He is a strong advocate for the advancement of multiculturalism in higher education through his service as the national chairman of the Association of Community College Trustees Diversity Committee. Previously, he co-founded Dominicans on Wall Street, and served on the boards of directors of the National Council of La Raza and LatinoJustice PRDLEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund). He is a frequent speaker at commencement ceremonies nationwide.

The 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will honor the following community members:

  • Magali Aguilar, St. Clare’s Health System
  • Xiomara Guevara, Morris County Organization of Hispanic Affairs
  • Adiela Osorio, Case Salvation Army Morristown Corps
  • Otto Maduro, PhD, Drew University
  • Carlos Navarro, Aramark
  • David Reyes, David’s Rumba Café
  • Nadia M. Scareon, The Madison Hotel

The October 24 event is co-sponsored by the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement, which has been recognized three times on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a distinction from the White House that recognizes the nation’s best university-based social advocacy programs. Founded in 2008, the center administers Drew’s Civic Scholars program, which invites select students to take part in an enhanced service-learning curriculum that connects classroom lessons to hands-on community-based projects. Participation in the prestigious Civic Scholars program is paired with a substantial merit-based scholarship.

Morristown Neighborhood House (MNH) promotes community stability and economic growth by helping immigrant families transition to their new community; fostering cross-cultural awareness; and helping working and impoverished families maximize their educational, social, physical and economic potential. Over 1,500 Morris County residents benefit each day from MNH programs, including preschools, scholarships, mentoring, career counseling, summer camps, computer centers and more.

The 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Ehinger Center (EC) on Drew’s Madison campus. Directions to the EC are available at www.drew.edu/map. Tables of eight may be reserved for $160, with individual seats priced at $20. To register or for more information, please contact Rosa Chilquillo at Neighborhood House at 973.538.1229 ext. 43 or chilquir@neighborhood-house.org.

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