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UCF Grad Surprises Mother With Doctoral Degree

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Inspired to fulfill her mother’s dream, Loida Guillén Strong ’20DNP pursued a doctorate in nursing without telling her until she earned her diploma this summer.

UCF Wins First HSI Grant from NSF

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UCF a grant of more than $1.8 million through its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education HSI program to support the success of Latino and other underrepresented students pursuing a major within STEM fields.

First Latina Ticket, La Rosa and Blanco Elected

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Cheers erupted in the Student Union atrium Wednesday night as Sabrina La Rosa and Stephanie Blanco were elected Student Government president and vice president. 

Rosa-Lugo Recognized for Excellence in Diversity

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Rosa-Lugo has dedicated her career to increasing the presence of under-represented populations in the field of communication sciences and disorders, and assisting children with hearing loss who come from linguistically diverse homes.

How Growing Up Between 2 Cultures Shaped Katie Coronado's Life

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Here's the story of Katie Coronado, an associate instructor of journalism, radio-TV and Hispanic media at the University of Central Florida Nicholson School of Communication.

Knights Across UCF's Campus Celebrate Their Hispanic Heritage

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, four Knights whose backgrounds are rooted in some of the Hispanic countries most frequently represented at UCF share how their cultures shape who they are.

UCF Named a Top School for Hispanic Students

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“The ranking by HO Magazine (formerly The Hispanic Outlook in Education Magazine) is based on information compiled by the U.S. Department of Education and several of UCF’s rankings for Hispanics..."

Doctoral Candidate's Children to Accept Degree on Behalf of Mother

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After losing her 10-year battle with breast cancer in January, Maribel Ortiz-Pina’s family will receive her degree posthumously in honor of the educational leadership student’s hard work.

Celebrating Puerto Rican Culture Through "Exodus/Pilgrimage"

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Raimundi-Ortiz lead a procession through downtown Orlando streets from the City Arts Factory to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in a gown made of debris collected from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Book Explores Treatment of Mentally Ill in México

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“The question that guided my work is ‘What can we learn from the interactions between the patients in the hospital and the healthcare providers? It is not so much about Mexican psychiatry, but more what it can teach us about life in contemporary Mexico,’” said Reyes-Foster ...

Scientists Gather to Discuss Future Objectives of Arecibo Observatory

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The Arecibo Observatory and its researchers hosted scientists from around the world this week to discuss the future of research at the Puerto Rican facility under UCF management.

U.S. Department of Education Designates UCF a Hispanic Serving Institution

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The U.S. Department of Education this week officially designated the University of Central Florida as a Hispanic Serving Institution, paving the way for the university to compete for federal funding opportunities to improve the educational experience of Hispanic and low-income students.

Graduating Venezuelan Transfer Student Inspired to Start Nonprofit

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After leaving difficult conditions in her home country, senior Jennifer Martinez de Pinillos aspires to pursue a master’s in nonprofit management and own her own shelter one day.

UCF to Celebrate Arecibo Observatory Birthday

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The Arecibo Observatory will celebrate its 55th birthday next week, and as part of the festivities the University of Central Florida will host a program with one of its scientists.

Why Maritza Martínez Aims to Make her Mother Proud Every Day

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My Hispanic heritage story begins in 1963, when my mother decided to move from Santiago, Dominican Republic, to warm and hospitable Brooklyn, N.Y.

From Ecuador to UCF; Leadership a Constant for Josh Boloña

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The road to becoming UCF’s student body president and student representative on the UCF Board of Trustees for Joshua Boloña started miles away from the university’s main campus.

QLatinx Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and LBGTQ+ History Month at UCF

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Standing in front of a mixture of UCF students, staff and faculty members, Christopher Cuevas explained Tuesday what it is like when Latin culture meets LGBTQ culture.

UCF Extends In-State Tuition for Puerto Rican Students Through 2023

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The University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to again extend the in-state tuition rate for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, providing another boost to students and families impacted by Hurricane Maria.

UCF's First Latino Dean Retires

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37 years at UCF, where he was named a Pegasus Professor, the university’s highest honor for a faculty member, and became the university’s first Hispanic dean, leading the College of Arts and Humanities for 10 years.

First Generation, Colombian Graduate Grateful for UCF Opportunity

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When Raquel Muñoz, a daughter of Colombian immigrants, crosses the stage to collect her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences Saturday, she will honor her parent’s sacrifice as she becomes the first in her family to graduate from college.

NSCM Facutly Ensure Latinx Voices are Heard

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As they taught Hispanics in Media in the U.S. for almost a year, NSCM broadcast journalism Instructor Katie Coronado, M.A., and Lecturer Erica Kight, Ph.D., ran into a huge problem. Educating about Hispanics in media is fairly new, therefore not many books cover the topic. Coronado and Kight decided to change that.

Arecibo Observatory Transitions to UCF Led Management

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There are only two telescopes with radar capacity in the world and Arecibo is one of them. To have this type of technology at a researcher’s fingertips, is going to make UCF an even more attractive institution for space studies, Fernandez said.

UCF Led Consortium to Manage Arecibo Observatory

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The largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet – the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico – will soon be under new management.

Get to Know Your Faculty: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz

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If you're ready to put blood, sweat, and tears into your work, then Wanda's classes are for you. As a first-generation, latina, urban, Wanda works to put everything aside and be a role model for her students.

New Position to Spearhead Hispanic Initiatives at UCF

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The University of Central Florida has its first assistant director of Hispanic initiatives to lead the university in being named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, and to spearhead the growth of an inclusive culture at UCF.

UCF Provides In-State Tuition to Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

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The UCF Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow these students to be eligible for in-state tuition.

UCF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Adelante

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UCF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Adelante Message - Read more about UCF Colleges & Campus News, Community, Student Life, Orlando and Central Florida news.

UCF Hosts Inaugural Celebration Honoring Graduating Latino Students

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The University of Central Florida hosted a new graduation event this month to celebrate a growing community at the university: Latino students.

LaFaSA President selected as 2017 UCF Woman Making History

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by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty

INSIGHT Into Diversity

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LaFaSA Officers Dr. Cyndia Muñiz and Justin Andrade are featured in the January/February edition of  INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine!
You can read the PDF version (pages 30-33) here and the online article here.

A Latina with Drive

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Cyndia Morales Muñiz ’13EdD went from being the first in her family to graduate from college to being named a Top Latino Leader.

UCF Celebrates Latino Presence, Impact During Hispanic Heritage Month

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The vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando kicks off UCF’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month on Thursday, Sept. 15, by talking about the power Latinos yield going into the presidential elections.

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The nearly 750 Hispanic or Latino faculty and staff members at the University of Central Florida have a new source for collaboration, service and support...

LaFaSA President Awarded for Achievements

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Cyndia Muñiz, assistant director for Multicultural Academic and Support Services in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services, is receiving recognition and awards from the Central Florida community.

UCF Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

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Students, faculty and staff from around the UCF campus joined organizers to celebrate being Hispanic or Latino. Latin Rhythms, a UCF club, performed a dance for the crowd before keynote speaker Maria Cristina Santana, the director of Women’s and Gender Studies, shared some of her experiences growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then the mainland.

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