Alejandra Molina, director of the office of intercultural affairs and assistant professor of Spanish, will be presented with a Sharing the Light award by Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes during a ceremony on Thursday.
“This marks the 17th time we have come together to celebrate the efforts and talents of individuals from across the Finger Lakes,” said Ellen Wayne, executive director for Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, in a Finger Lakes Times article. “This year’s honorees have dedicated their time and energy to the civic, education, health, faith-based, youth and many more interests across our community. Their contributions are, without a doubt, significant and awe-inspiring.”
In addition to Molina, this year’s Sharing the Light recipients are Jane and Rick Constantino, M.D., Samuel C. Dickieson, Margaret Strowger (Peggy) Ruscio, and the Rev. Douglas Taylor-Weiss.
Molina joined the HWS faculty in 1995. Along with directing Intercultural Affairs, Molina also previously led the campus’ Committee on Inclusive Excellence. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Colonial Literature at Cornell University. Molina works with agencies to provide local migrant workers with community services and was a founding member and one-time director of the advisory board of the Farmworkers Women’s Institute. Her students have assisted with programs organized by the Geneva Community Health Clinic and the Salvation Army and she coordinated an African-American oral history project that led to the publication of “Writing to Remember.” She has also developed internships for HWS students with the Geneva Historical Society, where they engage in research and documentation of Latinos and other community members. Molina regularly coordinates the Colleges’ Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and conferences on issues related to farmworkers, immigration, poverty and homelessness.
Molina currently serves on several community boards, including that of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation, Liturgia Workers Center of Rural and Migrant Ministry and the Geneva 20/20 Initiative.
Established in 1995, the Sharing the Light Award is presented annually to individuals from across the Finger Lakes who dedicate their time and energies toward making the community a better place.
This year’s Sharing the Light event will begin at 5:30 p.m. June 9 in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center at the Colleges. The event is open to the public; however, tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Rhonda Zettlemoyer at 789-2686 ext. 104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.