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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2009

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Virginia Campbell

Brockport Graduate Program Alumnus Addresses Lawmakers in Washington, DC

Press Release Photo Ali Gonzalez Torres '08, center, with Belle Woods, associate, and Stuart Heiser, manager, for Government Relations & External Affairs at the Council of Graduate Schools.

BROCKPORT, NY –Ali Gonzalez Torres ’08 recently spoke at a Legislative Forum on “Broadening Participation in Graduate Education,” sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools, and held in Washington DC.

Gonzalez Torres was part of a panel addressing “Personal Perspectives on Broader Participation in Graduate Education,” held at the Library of Congress on April 23. He discussed how increasing diversity in America’s graduate schools is important to the nation’s talent development and detailed how programs such as the SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program help students earn graduate degrees.

Gonzalez Torres is the resident director of the MacVicar Residence Hall at The College at Brockport. He received a master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies from Brockport in 2008.

“Ali is a remarkable man who eloquently shared his views on the importance of supporting diversity in graduate education at the forum. He exemplifies excellence in so many ways: as a veteran who served our country, as a father, and as a successful alumnus of our graduate program,” said Susan Stites-Doe, PhD dean of graduate studies at The College at Brockport and a member of the Council of Graduate Schools’ Board of Directors.

The SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program assists in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in SUNY doctoral and master’s level programs who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), located in Washington, DC, and representing 480 institutions, is dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education and research through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


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