Juana Bordas


VCU Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Hosts Latina author and activist Juana Bordas, Sept. 16

By: V. Renee Russell
Global Education Office
(804) 828-3636

RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 28, 2014) —To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office, Division of Community Engagement,
Division for Inclusive Excellence and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, in collaboration with
Sacred Heart Center, will host award winning Latina author and activist Juana Bordas on Sept. 16.
The event will be held at 7pm in the VCU School of Engineering West Hall, Room 101, 601 W. Main St., Richmond, Va.

President of Mestiza Leadership International, an organization which focuses on leadership, diversity and organizational change, Bordas is an inspirational speaker, author and Latino culture and leadership expert. Her recent book, The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution, is the 2014 recipient of the Nautilus Book Award in the area of multicultural/indigenous literature and her Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age received the International Latino Book Award for best leadership book in 2007.

“It’s important that we recognize the contributions made by all communities that make up our society, and Ms. Bordas is a true example of Latino leadership,” said R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., VCU Global Education Office executive director. “We’re proud to partner with Sacred Heart Center for this important celebration, both for the benefit of our students as well as the Richmond community at large.” 

Bordas has served as an advisor to Harvard University’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. She is past vice-president of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and trustee of the International Leadership Association, as well as founding president and CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  

The youngest daughter in a family of eight, Bordas emigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua on a banana boat at the age of 3. She was the first in her family to attend college and learned leadership from her hardworking parents. After college, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in the barrios of Santiago, Chile, helping women form work cooperatives that enabled them to feed their families. Ms. Bordas later received the Peace Corps' Franklin H. Williams Award for her lifelong commitment to advancing communities of color.

This presentation is one of several events at VCU that are scheduled as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Juana Bordas, visit www.juanabordas.com.

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