Political Science Department to Honor Two Extraordinary Graduates: Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Immigrant Rights Organizer Cristina Jiménez
Prior to commencement, the Queens College Political Science Department hosts an Honors and Awards ceremony to recognize high-achieving graduates, past and present. Congressman Adriano D. Espaillat (class of 1978) will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the department’s highest honor. Cristina Jiménez (class of 2007) will receive the Distinguished Service Award.
Congressman Adriano D. Espaillat has shattered glass ceilings in American politics. He became the first Dominican American elected to a state legislature, serving in the NYS Assembly from 1997-2010 and then in the NYS Senate from 2011-2016. In 2016, he became the first Dominican American elected to the U.S. Congress. He enrolled in the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Queens College and earned a baccalaureate degree, majoring in political science. From his early days as a community leader in Washington Heights, he has been a staunch advocate for children, veterans, and immigrants, tireless in his efforts to help middle and working-class Americans and the truly vulnerable.
Cristina Jiménez is the co-founder and executive director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the U.S. In 2014 she was named to the Forbes list “30 under 30 in Law and Policy.” Arriving from Ecuador at age 13, Jiménez attended high school and Queens College as an undocumented student, co-founding the NYS Youth Leadership Council as an undergrad. After earning a master’s in public administration, she worked on immigration policy at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and as an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York.
3:45 -5:45 PM Remarks from QC President Félix V. Matos Rodriguez, Provost Elizabeth Hendrey and Dean of Social Sciences Michael Wolfe, followed by the presentation of awards. Both Congressman Espaillat and Ms. Jiménez will speak. Outstanding Political Science Students, class of 2017, will also be recognized.
Dining Hall Patio Room
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