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“Latino Innovators” Offer Networking Opportunities to the Hispanic Community

Elizabeth, New Jersey – May 06, 2011 – United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) today announced that the UWGUC Hispanic Leadership Advisory Council (HLAC) is teaming up with Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), the Merck Hispanos Organization (MHO) and Kean University to create a unique networking opportunity for the Hispanic Community.

“Latino Innovators: Leadership ABC” showcases leaders from academia, business and the community. Scheduled for May 19th, from 4:30 – 8:00 PM, at Kean University’s STEM Building Auditorium, this networking event focuses on connecting the Hispanic community to new and exciting career opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry as well as providing important information regarding volunteerism, civic engagement and higher education.
“The mission of the HLAC is to ensure that the Hispanic community has full access to United Way’s network of programs and services as well as to work with community leaders and volunteers to raise awareness about critical health and human service needs,” said Martha L. Bahamón, Chair of HLAC and a member of UWGUC’s Board of Trustees. “We invite all interested Latino community leaders and individuals to volunteer and participate in this unique partnership with the United Way, HISPA, MHO and Kean so that we can work together to improve the future of the Latino community, in particular the education of Latino youth”
“We are thrilled that, through this exemplary academic and professional partnership with Kean University, MHO and UWGUC HLAC, HISPA is able to provide a unique professional development opportunity to all the Latino professionals that serve as HISPA Role Models,” said Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, PhD, President and founder of HISPA. “This event is a perfect example of collaboration – academia, business and community working together to strengthen and further develop the Latino educational and professional pipeline.”
From 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Kean students and alumni are invited to a special workshop focusing on careers in the pharmaceutical field. From 5:30 – 8:00 PM, all are invited to a reception and panel discussion hosted by Rod Colón, HISPA Role Model and author of Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs, featuring:
● Pat Reyes – President, MHO
● Martha L. Bahamón, MA, MPA – Chair, UWGUC- HLAC
● Elis Sosa – Kean University, Academic Advisor/Counselor, EOF Program
The STEM Building is located at 1075 Morris Avenue in Union, NJ. This event is FREE. For registration and additional information, please contact Inez Bennett at 908-353-7171 ext. 104 or Inez.bennett@uwguc.org. HISPA Role Models please register here: http://hispa.pingg.com/LatinoInnovators.
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About United Way of Greater Union County
United Way of Greater Union County’s mission is to ensure the health and human service needs of the community are identified and addresses in ways that create a better future for the residents of Greater Union County.
United Way works to advance the common good for all in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Family Strengthening – the building blocks for a good life. Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides families some sense of financial stability. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Strong, vibrant and healthy families are the cornerstone of every community.
For more information on United Way of Greater Union County please visit www.uwguc.org.
Contact: Paul Gibney, 908-353-7171 ext. 129, paul.gibney@uwguc.org

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