(Bronx, New York) – Hostos President Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Vice President Ana Carrión-Silva, and Associate Dean for Community Relations, García Reyes welcomed the Honorable Julissa Reynoso, the newly appointed United States Ambassador to the Republic of Uruguay, to the College on May 31. Reynoso holds the distinction of being the first Dominican American to become a United States Ambassador.
Congratulating Reynoso on her appointment, President Matos Rodríguez said, “Ambassador Reynoso is a role model for our students, and I look forward to the insight and support she can provide regarding academic collaborations and exchanges between Hostos and institutions of higher education in the Dominican Republic.”
Reynoso was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama last October and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012. Previously she served in the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean.
Reynoso was born in Salcedo, Dominican Republic in 1975 and raised in the Bronx from the age of 7. She earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Reynoso served as clerk for Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2001 to 2003. She was a fellow at the Columbia University Law School in 2005, and practiced international arbitration and antitrust law at the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett from 2006 to 2009.
She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education in 2006, and was a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law from August 2008 through July 2009, when she received her first State Department appointment. She is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Dean Ana I. García Reyes, who coordinates international teacher training programs between Hostos and institutions of higher education in other countries, is happy to learn that Ambassador Reynoso is interested in promoting such ties with universities in Uruguay and the City University of New York Colleges in the United States.
Having known Ambassador Reynoso for more than twenty years, Dean García Reyes viewed the appointment as a well-deserved recognition of her noteworthy accomplishments. Dean García Reyes said. “She is the same smart and dedicated woman I met at The City College of New York. Ambassador Reynoso firmly believes in the power of education and how education transforms people and open doors. She also believes that global education enriches students as they learn from one another and recognize that they share common values. Reynoso has devoted a great deal of time working with youth in the community. I know that she will do an outstanding job in maintaining and expanding mutually-beneficial relations between the United States and the Republic of Uruguay.”
At a follow-up meeting with a small group of college administrators, alumni and friends of Hostos, the group had the opportunity to discuss prospective partnerships with Ambassador Reynoso. In addition to Dean García Reyes, others at the meeting were Mr. Aldrin Bonilla, Director of CUNY in the Heights; Mr. Robert Mercedes, DOE Principal, Ms. Idelsa Méndez, Hostos alumna ambassador; and Dr. Fénix Arias, Hostos alumna and Director of Assessment at York College.
During the meeting, Ambassador Reynoso emphasized the importance of building educational bridges between the two countries for their mutual benefit. Mr. Aldrin Bonilla, Director of the CUNY in the Heights said, “I am confident that she will serve our country with great distinction in this important diplomatic role. Moreover, I am grateful for her strong interest in facilitating educational programs between Hostos and educational institutions in Uruguay.”
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.