September 30, 2009 | General
Liliete Lopez was born in Nicaragua on January 16, 1977. She lived in that country for the first thirteen years of her life and then moved to the United States. In her country of origin, Liliete was not allowed to attend school, because she had a disability. Liliete is vision impaired and although she started to get an education later in life than most people, she has had an extraordinary journey, which has allowed her to travel from a world where she had very little to look forward to into a world where every door is now open to her.
Liliete is currently in her last semester at Hostos, studying Liberal Arts, but planning to study Political Science at Lehman or Queens College next semester. She is the former Vice-President and President of the Ability Awareness Club and also a member of the Hostos Leadership Academy’s Student Ambassador Program, since fall of 2007. She is currently an SGA Senator.
Liliete has achieved a great many things in her time here at Hostos; She is a two time participant in the New York State Model Senate Session Project, a chair of a committee on accessibility options as part of the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) and former Chair of the Committee on Leadership Forums for the Hostos Student Leadership Academy. Liliete has also represented Hostos and CUNY at a variety of conferences including the CUNY Women’s Leadership Conference, SOMOS EL Futuro, The New York Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Conference and the first ever Disability Summit at NYU. Liliete was also the winner of the La Prensa Speech Competition, which led to her being featured in an article in El Diario Newspaper.