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MPA Student Honored for Work in NYC’s Mexican-American Community

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Angelo Cabrera, MPA student at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, was awarded the first annual La Union Organization Cuauthil’s award for his leadership and work as president and founder of the Mexican-American Students Alliance (MASA). The mission behind MASA? To promote higher education for students of Mexican descent who are living in New York. This year, La Union Organization, a Brooklyn-based group made up of immigrants working to advance the rights of immigrant parents and students, chose to honor Cabrera for his efforts. The Cuauthil’s award recognizes outstanding community leaders and role models within the Mexican-American community. Cabrera’s leadership in student activism includes a three-day hunger strike that helped to pass the New York State In-State-Tuition Law in 2001-2002. This policy made it possible for all to attend CUNY and SUNY colleges regardless of their immigration status.

The Cuauthil’s award was presented to Cabrera on April 24, 2010 along with proclamations from Public Advocate Bill Di Blasio, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, the honorable Felix W. Ortiz, and NYS Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Coverage of Cabrera's work through MASA was most recently featured on WABC -- video can be found here and here.