Oct. 9, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A recruitment specialist with Grand Rapids Community College’s Workforce Training programs has been named one of the Top 25 LatinX of Michigan by the state Hispanic Latino Commission.
Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, GRCC's Kellogg community recruitment specialist, is being recognized as one of “the best of who we are as Latinos and leaders” by the commission because of her work at the college and in the community.” She will be honored during the commission’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Oct. 10 in the Goei Center.
Aguayo-Márquez said the honor was humbling.
“My passion for education equity and social justice has led me to work alongside amazing humans and organizations,” she said.
“We must continue working together to bring social justice into our community and make Michigan an equitable and inclusive state where everyone can thrive and reach our full potential regardless of immigration status, the color of our skin, gender, religion, age, and/or sexual orientation. I accept this recognition in honor of all the courageous humans who are also working to end the fear and injustices in our community and country.”
Aguayo-Márquez is originally from the Chicago area and started at GRCC in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ITT Technical Institute and a master’s with an emphasis on Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.
In 2018, she received the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award from the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission and the Advocate Award from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids. She received the ALAS Latinas Emerging Leader and GRCC’s Excellence in Education awards in 2017.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.
(Photo by Isabel Garcia)