Hispanic Institute Director named “Maker” award winner

Carmen Rey-Gomez, Director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University, has been selected one of twenty-one local women to be highlighted in WGCU Public Media’s multiplatform project “Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida.” The award honors exceptional women residing in the Southwestern region of Florida who have left or are leaving a legacy in art, business, education, the environment, community-building and/or politics or through activism in social justice issues.

“The work that the Hispanic Institute has been doing for our community is nothing short of outstanding,” said Hodges University President, Dr. Terry McMahan. “Carmen and the Institute are really making a difference in our region and really deserve this recognition.”

Over 200 online nominations were submitted locally before a committee of community leaders and WGCU staff members reviewed each nominee and selected the final group. Criteria included those who are leaving a legacy, building community, affecting lasting change, defying social norms and serving as a “first” in the nominee’s respective field. A television documentary will highlighting all of the winners will air in spring 2013 on WGCU-TV.

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