Sunday, July 11, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:     STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, DEBRA CRUZ (626) 991-4039



Citrus College Earns Recognition from Statewide Leadership Organization
By Stacy Armstrong


For twenty-three years, the Latina Leadership Network (LLN) has been one of the most active organizations within the California Community College System.   Its efforts to create and improve the representation of Latinas in higher education can be seen on nearly every campus throughout the state.


At Citrus College, LLN has promoted cultural awareness and unity since its chapter’s inception in 1997.  Not only does the college’s chapter host events and provide scholarships, but it has also established itself as a leader in the region.  In fact, it is this regional role that recently received recognition.


During their annual conference held this spring, the Latina Leadership Network presented its 2010 Region of the Year Award to Region 9, which includes Cerritos College, Citrus College, Compton College, Glendale Community College, Mt. San Antonio College, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, and Santa Monica College.  According to the LLN, this award is presented to the region that has provided the most extensive and motivational activities throughout the year.


Debra Cruz, a part-time recruiter in the Citrus College High School Relations and Outreach Office, served as an Executive Board Member and Region 9 Representative for the Latina Leadership Network during the 2009-2010 academic year.


“As the regional representative, I was thrilled to receive this sought-after award.  When we presented the plaque to the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, it was a very proud moment for me,” she said.  “We have worked extremely hard throughout the year to communicate with prospective and current LLN members from the region’s colleges and this award validates our efforts.”


Although the LLN award was presented to Region 9 as a whole, Cruz says she is pleased to know that it will be displayed on the Citrus College campus.


“We have held several regional meetings at Citrus College and have invited participants from every college in our region.  We have also kept all of our members informed by providing materials such as newsletters and flyers,” Cruz said.  “At the same time, our college’s chapter of the LLN provides support, encourages development, and promotes participation in the organization’s statewide activities.”


Cruz says that Citrus College’s LLN chapter has expanded its scope during the past several months by reaching out to the community.


“Our hope is to serve as a bridge to college for students,” she said.  “We want to be thought of as a network and resource within the community by fostering education, building relationships, and promoting leadership.”


According to Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, the Latina Leadership Network has made significant contributions to campus life.


“The Citrus College chapter of the Latina Leadership Network has created a greater understanding and appreciation for the multicultural world in which we live,” she said.


Dr. Gary L. Woods, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, agrees.


“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of Citrus College, I extend my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to the members of the Latina Leadership Network,” he said.  “Your efforts to fulfill the college’s mission, empower our students, and provide learning for life have made a difference in the lives of countless individuals.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:     STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, DEBRA CRUZ (626) 991-4039