OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego faculty member Roberta Hurtado is among nine emerging Hispanic/Latinx leaders who have been selected for the State University of New York’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) Class of 2023.
This promotion, the sixth since the start of the program in 2018, will begin in January 2023.
As a program within the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, HLI is a rigorous six-month experience for SUNY leaders of Hispanic descent that provides an opportunity to further develop skills and higher education leadership skills. HLI Fellows will participate in training sessions and webinars, engage in conversations with national and statewide Hispanic leaders, and use personal assessment tools.
Hurtado is an associate professor teaching Latin/e/o/x literature and culture in the Department of English and Creative Writing, as well as the director of SUNY Oswego’s new Latin American and Latin American Studies minor.
Her book “Decolonial Puerto Rican Women’s Writings: Subversion in the Flesh” won a silver medal at the International Latino Book Awards in 2019. She has published in journals such as Chiricú, Diálogo, Label Me Latina/o and Journal of Critical Latina Feminisms.
Hurtado’s awards at SUNY Oswego include the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Counseling and the Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Additionally, she is SUNY Oswego’s inaugural Triandiflou Institute Fellow for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice.
She resides in upstate New York where her current research projects include studies of sexuality, Puerto Rican women’s literature, and trauma.
“HLI is an important part of SUNY’s strategy to expand and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of our system. This is one of SUNY’s most meaningful executive education programs, combining education, resources, relationship building, and day-to-day support for the future leaders of our campuses,” said Chancellor acting from SUNY, Deborah F. Stanley. “My thanks to University of Albany President Havidán Rodríguez for his leadership and guidance in growing the HLI program, and to our first HLI Director-in-Residence, Claudia Hernandez. My gratitude to Governor Hochul and lawmakers in the State for their investment in HLI each year.
HLI creates a pipeline of career opportunities through SUNY and ensures program alumni network and receive ongoing support and mentorship. To date, 53 SUNY faculty and staff have graduated from HLI.