Sen. Teresa Ruiz to Address Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Latino Promise Students

Update: Ruiz, who was ailing, was replaced by her fellow 29th District representative, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho. Coutinho shared personal experiences and professional development advice with FDU’s young Hispanic students on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Edward Williams Hall.

Teaneck, N.J. (Oct. 26, 2009)As the first Latina to serve in the State Senate, Sen. Teresa Ruiz will speak to FDU’s Latino Promise students about growing up to be a successful Latino leader and role model. A fearless advocate for the people and issues in which she believes, Senator Ruiz has been recognized by many civic organizations for her service to the community. Using these experiences, she hopes to inspire FDU’s Latinos to do the same.

Ruiz’s speaking engagement is part of Latino Promise’s Leadership Series where students have the opportunity to meet today’s Hispanic entrepreneurs and public servants and discuss with them the realities of being a Latino leader. Previous speakers in this series hail from the business, legal, medical and political fields.

“Through the Latino Leadership lecture series, students are able to identify the growing Latino influence in the U.S.,” says Fernando Alonso, Director of Latino Promise. “This series has made an immeasurable impact on their lives and the way in which they view their roles, serving not just the Latino community, but also all of New Jersey.”

About Teresa Ruiz

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz is currently serving in her first term in the New Jersey State Senate, representing the 29th Legislative District, which includes the Union County Township of Hillside, and parts of the City of Newark in Essex County.  Senator Ruiz serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and as a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. A lifelong resident of Newark’s North Ward, Senator Ruiz is active in Essex County government and politics.  A fearless advocate for the people and issues in which she believes, Senator Ruiz uses the skills she learned in county government and the political realm to promote the ideas of justice, inclusion and equality.

About Latino Promise

The Latino Promise Program is an integral part of the FDU Latino Education Pipeline Project. The Program has two primary objectives. First, it aims to overcome traditional barriers to higher education for Latino students by providing encouragement, inspiration and access to college ensuring success through a variety of innovative support systems. Second, it develops Hispanic leaders that will be able to lead and serve our nation in the future. Some of the key components of the Latino Promise Program which ensure successful outcomes for all students are leadership training and cultural enhancement. For more information about FDU’s Latino Promise, contact Irene Oujo at (201) 692-2676 or


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