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April 11, 2012

Assistant Professor Audeliz Matias Appointed to Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc.

Dr. Audeliz Matias

Assistant Professor Dr. Audeliz Matias

Assistant Professor Audeliz Matias has been appointed executive director of the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Hispanic-Latino community in New York state.

“The Hispanic Coalition NY is committed to connecting Latinos across the state through sharing information and news affecting our community. We are dedicated to empowering Latinos by recognizing positive achievements and leadership in this growing demographic group,” stated President and CEO Monica Arias Miranda. “We look forward to growing the organization under the leadership of Dr. Matias and are extremely proud to have her represent the team.”

Matias will provide leadership to develop programs aligned with the organization’s mission and broadening participation by volunteers. She will work closely with the organization’s leadership to ensure achievement of its long-range strategy and mission.

“It’s a real honor to be chosen as the executive director of the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc.,” Matias says. “The team has done a great job during the last year and my goal is to keep the organization moving forward and continue to increase the team’s presence throughout the state. I look forward to utilizing my mentoring and leadership skills to support the organization to attain its education and outreach goals in the Hispanic/Latino community. I also hope to utilize my professional academic experience to further encourage and inspire more members of the Hispanic/Latino community to pursue higher education.”

At Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning Dean Tom Mackey commented on this important and well-deserved appointment. He said, "We congratulate Dr. Audi Matias on this distinct honor to be selected as the executive director of the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., and we appreciate this association with such an important organization. The breadth of knowledge that Dr. Matias brings to this role and her collaborative abilities will allow her to make a significant contribution." 

About Audeliz Matias, Ph.D.

Audeliz Matias is an assistant professor and mentor of sciences, math and technology at SUNY Empire State College. She is actively engaged with mentoring, teaching and the development of courses and open-education resources that engage adult students in science. She earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s of science in geology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and received her Ph.D. in geological sciences from Northwestern University. Prior to joining SUNY Empire State College as an assistant professor in 2011, Matias was a coordinator of curriculum and instructional design for the Center for Distance Learning at Empire State College and a visiting professor in the geosciences department at Skidmore College.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Matias found her passion for science at an early age, and is particularly interested in issues facing ethnic minorities and women in science. She has been part of several committees exploring opportunities to increase minorities in higher education, served on National Science Foundation geosciences review panels and as a judge in the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair in Troy for the last six years. She also has mentored students majoring in sciences from underrepresented backgrounds as part of informal programs for several academic associations. In addition, her community commitment is evidenced in her service as an alternate member to the Town of Ballston Planning Board as well as in professional associations at the local and national level.

Her academic research interests include planetary science, the use of technology and scientific data to promote active learning, citizen science and adults returning to college to obtain a degree in the science, math and technology area. Her continuous goal is to inspire and help more Hispanics/Latinos to achieve their educational goals.

About the Hispanic Coalition of NY

The idea and motivation behind forming The Hispanic Coalition NY has been the incredible network that is already in place. Latino youth is the fastest growing demographic group in the country, at the same time high-school graduation rates have decreased and poverty is on the rise. Challenges presented by economic hardship means services being cut across the board and those with the least resources are most affected. 

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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