The Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) committee at Stony Brook University invites faculty, staff, students and the entire university community to attend the 32nd annual Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony from 3 pm to 5 pm on Monday, Nov. 1 in SAC Ballroom A.
The committee will recognize faculty, staff and students of Hispanic/Latino descent who are community advocates, leaders and outstanding academics in the Stony Brook community. These awards and scholarships represent the HHM committee’s recognition in the areas of student academic excellence, leadership, athletics and community service, as well as faculty and staff excellence.
In addition, the committee will confer the titles of “Madrina” and “Padrino” (Godmother/Godfather) upon a faculty/staff member(s) who has served as a leader and mentor to students of the Hispanic community at Stony Brook, as recognized by the student body.
The keynote speaker will be Stony Brook alumna Alejandra Y. Castillo ’92, who was named U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development in August. The eldest child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Castillo was the first woman of color to be appointed to that position, where she leads the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is responsible for fulfilling the bureau’s mission of leading the federal economic development agenda.
The New York City native has served in leadership positions under three presidential administrations – Presidents Biden, Obama and Clinton. Castillo’s professional career spans two decades in Washington, D.C. Her work has focused on creating equitable and inclusive opportunities for all Americans.
A traditional dinner will also be served at the event. Individual tickets and tables are on sale and can be reserved online.