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Baruch Professor Allan Wernick Receives Award for Service to the Latino Community

Baruch MPA Student John Moreno-Escobar Earns LatinTRENDS Scholarship

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NEW YORK, NY- November 16, 2012 Baruch College Professor of Law Allan Wernick and Baruch student John Moreno-Escobar are among the individuals who will be honored on November 27, at the Eleventh Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a benchmark celebration hosted by LatinTRENDS Magazine.

Allan Wernick is receiving a special award given to a person of non-Hispanic descent that has positively impacted the community. In addition to teaching at Baruch College, Professor Wernick is the Director of CUNY Citizenship Now!, which provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. His column, “Immigration” appears twice weekly in the New York Daily News and his column “Immigration and Citizenship” is syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Professor Wernick has taught courses in immigration policy at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and at California State University at Dominguez Hills. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as Chair of the Immigration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and as President of the New York Chapter of AILA.

Baruch student John Moreno-Escobar is one of five students who will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship from LatinTRENDS. As the Northeast Partnership Manager for New Futuro, John is dedicated to building cross-sector collaborations between schools, community based organizations, higher education institutions, and government associations to increase Latino college attainment. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, John immigrated to the United States nine years ago to further his studies. John worked multiple jobs throughout college until he became a successful social entrepreneur and community leader. A talented and natural leader, John founded his own non-profit organization, Latino Youth for Higher Education Program (LYHEP) in 2009, with the help of other Latino college students. LYHEP was founded in an effort to educate and assist immigrant Latino students and families with the process of applying, preparing and paying for higher education in the United States. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Baruch College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Baruch.

Juan Guillen, LatinTRENDS founder & CEO, says this year’s honorees have made important contributions to the Latino community.

“The Latino Trendsetter Award recipients proudly represent 51 million U.S. Hispanics,” he said. “As acculturated Latinos, they are influencing three generations; themselves, their children and their parents. They are influencing mainstream society while inspiring our youth, who will become tomorrow’s trendsetters.”

Other honorees from CUNY include: Trendsetter Award Winner Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, President of Hostos Community College, and scholarship recipients Michael A. Cruz of City College and Krystal Joy Perez and Imani DuBois, both from Lehman College.

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