SUNY Fredonia dean named to inaugural class of Hispanic Leadership Institute Fellows

Dr. Carmen S. Rivera

OBSERVER Staff Report

A dean at Fredonia State has been named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a member of the inaugural class of Fellows at SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute which is charged with developing and supporting the next generation of executive-level Hispanic/LatinX leaders across the SUNY system.

Dr. Carmen S. Rivera, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of 12 people that will be recognized in Albany this weekend at the 31st Annual Bienvenida at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference.

“In New York, we know that diversity is our greatest asset and this groundbreaking program will ensure that the leadership at SUNY will reflect the strength of New York’s diverse communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This fellowship will give New York’s future leaders the tools and training necessary to succeed and lead the SUNY system.”

The HLI offers six and 12-month fellowships to SUNY Hispanic/LatinX faculty and staff in leadership positions throughout SUNY, including provosts, chief academic officers, chief business officers, and others. Over the course of the program, fellows will participate in individualized mentoring and assessment and development programs to support their success. The SUNY HLI will also work with the SUNY Chief Diversity Officer to help ensure that search committees are trained to successfully recruit top Hispanic candidates to leadership positions within the university system.

SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall said, “There is a considerable amount of excitement in the work that will come forth from the Hispanic Leadership Institute, and we are pleased to celebrate the inaugural class of fellows from across SUNY. SUNY is continuing to build on its diversity of students and faculty, and through the fellowship and other targeted programs, we will support and provide opportunities to more leaders from the Hispanic and LatinX communities. My congratulations to the first class of fellows.”

The HLI serves as a resource for those requiring information regarding the challenges and opportunities for Latino leaders in Higher Education in New York State and nationally; and will undertake and sponsor research in the area of Hispanic leadership development, retention, and success.