Carmen Rey-Gomez is the Director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University. She grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, where she became interested in advocacy, social justice, education, health and human services. She worked as a Community Health Interviewer, Family Educator, and Community Advocate and later as an HIV/AIDS Mental Health provider in the city. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master’s degree in Social Work and moved to Fort Myers, Florida, ten years ago.
Prior to coming to Hodges, Ms. Rey-Gomez worked at Edison State College as the Director of Student Support Services, a federally funded TRiO Program. Through this program, she worked to retain and graduate first generation, low-income and disabled students.
In addition to her experience in education, she has over fifteen years of experience in health and human services. As Director of the Hispanic Institute, Ms. Rey-Gomez hopes to continue reaching out to the community by establishing the Institute as a recognized leader within the Lee and Collier Counties in informing policy-makers about issues vital to the growing Hispanic community and by providing the community with information necessary for effective participation in public policy development.
Ms. Rey-Gomez is a member of the Lee County Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board.