The 29th annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Stony Brook begins on Friday, October 5, with the Opening Ceremony in the Student Activities Center (SAC), Sidney Gelber Auditorium. The annual flag procession from the fountain on the Academic Mall will begin at 12:30 pm, with the program immediately following at the SAC. The celebration kicks off with a proclamation from Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. Light cultural refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
The keynote speaker is influential community activist Sergio Argueta, Turner Fellow Alumnus and Founder and Board Chair of S.T.R.O.N.G. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation) Youth Inc., one of the leading gang prevention and intervention agencies in the northeastern United States. He earned an associate’s degree from Nassau Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science from Hofstra University. He was awarded the Turner Fellowship at Stony Brook University, where he earned a master’s degree in social work.
Argueta served as the gang specialist for the Nassau County Youth Board and is currently one of the leading experts in the region on gangs and youth violence. He served as director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Adelphi University for three years and as an an adjunct criminal justice professor at Nassau Community College. Argueta currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Schools of Social Work at Adelphi University and Millersville University in Pennsylvania. In 2014, he became a high school social worker at Uniondale High School where he now serves as the attendance coordinator. He is involved in various community organizing initiatives, which include being one of the founders and co-convener’s of The Corridor Counts, which advocates for equity within some of the most marginalized communities in Nassau County.
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