Senior director of governor’s western Mass. office to speak at Elms College
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CHICOPEE – In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the senior director and civic engagement advisor to Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Elizabeth Cardona, will present “Civic Engagement: A Journey Towards Community Empowerment and Social Transformation” at Elms College in the Elms College Alumnae Library Theatre, from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Cardona has a distinguished career working in western Massachusetts to build grassroots empowerment for the Latino community through advocacy. She is the western Massachusetts chair and mentor for CHICA Inc., a nonprofit initiative based in Massachusetts that provides education, employment, and empowerment to young Latinas aged 14-18.
Cardona also serves on the Advisory Committee to the Women’s Fund Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, and has been a recent fellow of the Women’s Pipeline for Change, a collaborative program between the Partnership for Democracy and Education and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Boston.
Cardona holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 2010 she served as a delegate for President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention and in 2006 she served as a delegate for Gov. Deval L. Patrick at the Massachusetts State Convention.
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Americans who have Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American ancestry. Observance of this commemorative month began on Sept. 15 and continues until Oct. 15.