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20 09, 2019

SFC President’s Lecture Series: Rep. Nydia Velázquez

SFC President’s Lecture Series: Reflections on a Life of Public Service Representative Nydia Velázquez Kicks-Off the SFC President’s Lecture Series Crediting education as providing the launching pad for her long, accomplished political career, United States Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY 7th District) spoke to a nearly 400-person audience at St. Francis College on September 16, 2019, as the first guest in Reflections on a Life of Public Service, a new discussion series between SFC President Miguel Martinez-Saenz and leaders in politics, business and the community. President Miguel Martinez-Saenz and Representative Nydia Velázquez “My father used to get up so early every morning, but when he came home, always the first question that he asked us was, ‘did you make your homework?’ He helped me to connect the dots. That education was the way out,” said Congresswoman Velázquez, when discussing her upbringing as one of nine children raised in Puerto Rico by her mother and father, who organized fellow laborers while working in sugar cane fields. “I would not be standing here before you if it wasn’t for the education that I was able to get.” The discussion between the United States Representative, currently serving her fourteenth term, and Dr. Martinez-Saenz focused largely on the centrality of education to the Congresswoman’s success. She described studying during her summers as a teenager, allowing her to graduate high school at age 16 and earn her college degree from the University of Puerto Rico at 19. An undergraduate professor she admired helped persuade her father to let her accept a scholarship to enroll in graduate school at New York University. “If you work hard, if you play by the rules, and you have government supporting you, investing in education, you can achieve whatever dreams you have,” explained Congresswoman Velázquez to an audience that [Read More…]

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