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St. Kate’s celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Latina leader

St. Catherine University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with an event featuring State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (62-DFL).

Ray will join students, staff and faculty at St. Kate's for “Cornbread & Chili,” an annual celebration held on the St. Paul campus. The event will run from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Rauenhorst Hall of the University’s student center, Coeur de Catherine.

The event is sponsored by Latina Students Group, Spanish Club, the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services, the Department of International Languages & Literature and School of Business and Leadership. 

An advocate for Minnesota families

A native of Colombia who moved to the United States in 1987, Sen. Torres Ray has become a powerful voice in the Minnesota Senate. Elected in 2006, she served as majority whip until this year.  

Her advocacy for Minnesota families has been evident throughout her career in public policy and community organizing. She has served as a social services consultant, policy analyst and program administrator in the Minnesota Department of Human Services, a Minnesota State Ombudsperson for Families, and a ¨Guardian Ad-litem" in the Hennepin County Juvenile Court.

In addition, Ray has served on the boards of The Build Initiative, the Children's Defense Fund and Cultural Beginnings, among others.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in public administration from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the U of M. 

For more information, contact Cristina de la Cruz.

Sep. 14, 2011 by Julie Michener

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