Presentation, Book Signing, and Open Discussion with Dr. Elsa Núñez

Elsa Núñez, Ed.D., President of Eastern Connecticut State University, visited the University of Saint Joseph on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 to lead a presentation and open discussion about her life as a Latina in Connecticut, and sign her book, “Hanging Out and Hanging On: From the Projects to the Campus.”

Many students such as Maria Reinhardt ’19, found Dr. Núñez’s lecture to be very inspirational. “I learned that life is way different for every culture. I’m personally not latina, but I have friends that are. Its cool to hear about other cultures and different experiences.”  The Institute for Latino Community Practice plans to continue bringing to the community together for future events.

“I think its important that the students get to meet the live author who wrote the text they’ve been reading in class, especially someone who they connect with personally and professionally,” said Madeline Pérez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Latino Community Practice at USJ.

In her book, Dr. Núñez shares her personal journey as a non-English speaking elementary school student and how she persevered though high school and then college as a diligent student. Hanging Out and Hanging On: From the Projects to the Campus also focuses on the progress of students enrolled in the Dual College Enrollment Program (DCEP) at Eastern Connecticut State University, and the lives of Latinos in Connecticut.