Hodges University welcomes Carmen Rey-Gomez as the Director of the newly formed Hispanic Institute. The appointment is effective immediately. The office of the Hispanic Institute is located on the Ft. Myers campus of Hodges University, located at 4501 Colonial Blvd.
University officials see Rey-Gomez as a perfect fit for the Institute. “Carmen’s background is perfectly suited for the Hispanic Institute,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “Her experience in human services as well as her passion for working with first generation college students will benefit the growth of the Institute as it strives to identify the issues vital to our growing Hispanic community and becomes a voice for the needs of our Hispanic residents.”
Rey-Gomez has a great vision for the future of the Institute. “I am looking forward to establishing the Institute as a recognized leader within Lee and Collier Counties in informing policy-makers about issues vital to the growing Hispanic community,” said Rey-Gomez. “It is our goal to provide the Hispanic community with the information necessary for effective participation in public policy development.”
Rey-Gomez is also a member of the Lee County Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board. Previously, she was the Director of Student Support Services at Edison College, where she worked to retain and graduate first generation, low-income and disabled students. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, she received her Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut. In addition to her experience in education, she has over fifteen years in the health and human services industry.
Formed late last year, the Hispanic Institute was developed along with the assistance of several leaders within the local Hispanic Community in order to address important issues that affect the Hispanic community.