Adjunct faculty member named "Woman of Courage" by La Alianza Hispana

At La Alianza Hispana’s third annual Women of Courage Awards ceremony, held July 7, 2011, in Boston, Magnolia Contreras, a member of the adjunct faculty in Salem State University’s School of Social Work, was one of 10 Latina women honored for outstanding achievement and excellence in her field and her work as an agent of change in her community.

Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick served as honorary chair of this year’s event. Senator Sonia Chang-Diáz, State representatives Gloria Fox and Linda Dorcena-Forry and at-large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley were honorary co-chairs. 

According to Janet Collazo, executive director of La Alianza Hispana, “Each of the awardees embodies the vision and mission of La Alianza Hispana by demonstrating leadership, character and a passion to advocate on behalf of the Latino community.  They serve as outstanding role models for all of us and are pioneers in the arts, education, business, civic engagement, government, health, media, non-profit, philanthropy, and the science and technology fields.”  

Magnolia Contreras, in addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member at Salem State University, serves as director of community benefits for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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