Dr. DeJesús-Rueff and Nathalia Martinez '09 Receive Awards from Rochester City School District
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools have selected Dr. Richard DeJesús-Rueff, Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at St. John Fisher College, and Nathalia Martinez '09 as award recipients. DeJesús-Rueff received the Volunteer Education Award, while Martinez was presented with the Community Service Award. Both were honored at the RCSD's Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 22.
DeJesús-Rueff has volunteered with the RCSD through his involvement on the Advisory Board for the Middle and High School Hispanic Youth Leadership Development Program, which is co-sponsored by the American Red Cross and the RCSD. He began his service in the fall of 1998 and was instrumental in strategic planning, developing and conducting workshops for middle and high school students, and bringing along several Fisher students to assist and engage the students in discussions about leadership development and college. DeJesús-Rueff also prepared and conducted orientation sessions with parents, helping them to understand the importance of encouraging the academic development of their children. He continues to assist in developing the New Generation Leaders Program, a new initiative of the Red Cross that targets district students in grades 9-12.
For many years, DeJesús-Rueff served as a judge for the Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest that is sponsored by the RCSD. He also acted as a role model for students when he volunteered for five years as a reader in the Library Reading Program at the Martin Luther King, Jr. School #9.
DeJesús-Rueff currently serves on the Advisory Board of World of Inquiry School #58, contributing his extensive skills in planning. His collaboration with the faculty and staff of the World of Inquiry High School, including Principal Beth Mascitti-Miller, will allow RCSD students access to an enriched educational experience.
Martinez graduated from St. John Fisher College in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a concentration in Spanish. She now works at the University of Rochester as an Academic Advisor in the Upward Bound Program. At Fisher, her involvement included but was not limited to: organizing debates, voter registration, and recruitment of community guest speakers; leading the Latino Student Union; serving as a resident assistant, during which time she hosted a variety of programs to assist students with transitioning from high school to college residency.
Martinez has worked with many RCSD high school students, conducting workshops to help prepare them for college. She assisted and guided these students with college applications, SAT examinations, and college admissions letters.
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