Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter and Author Keynotes Bronx Community College’s Freshman Convocation
Bronx, NY — Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Mirta Ojito was the keynote speaker at the Bronx Community College Freshman Convocation on September 22, 2011. She spoke on the topic of “College Students in a Global Community” during the convocation, which was held in the Gould Memorial Library auditorium.
“You have just made an investment in the rest of your life,” said Ojito to the new BCC students. “I am certain this is just the beginning of your journey. Set your sights high.” During her encouraging speech, she acknowledged the many countries that BCC students come from. And she commented on how fortunate the students are to be able to learn from their diversity. She also shared her story about arriving to America from Cuba, at 16 years old, and wanting to be a journalist. She spoke about the hard work she put in to learn English and to attend college.
Ojito is an assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has been a newspaper reporter since 1987. Throughout her career she has received several awards, including an American Society of Newspaper Editors award and a shared Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a 2001 New York Times series about race in America. Ojito is a graduate of Miami Dade Community College and Florida Atlantic University. She is the author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus.
About Bronx Community College
Bronx Community College of The City University of New York offers more than 30 academic programs that prepare students for careers and to continue their education at four-year colleges. Located on a 43-acre, treelined campus, BCC is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the country’s first hall of fame. The College provides its more than 10,500 students with quality academic programs, outstanding faculty, and flexible class schedules. Students at BCC represent more than 100 countries from around the world. For more information about Bronx Community College, visit www.bcc.cuny.edu
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