Staff Member Appointed to Governor's Commission on Latino Affairs
Monica M. Grigera, Latino counselor at Penn State York, has been appointed to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) by Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell. Grigera was sworn-in as a member of commission on Wednesday, Aug. 9. This is the second time a member of the Penn State York staff has been appointed to this commission.
Grigera will serve a two-year term on GACLA, which acts as the governor's liaison to the Latino community and the commonwealth's advocacy agency for Latino residents. Grigera was among 11 newly-appointed commissioners and seven reappointments.
"GACLA and its commissioners have efficiently served Pennsylvania's growing Latino community since 1971," Rendell said. "The people I'm appointing and reappointing (today) are leaders who are committed to serving their community and representing the voice of Latinos statewide."
Grigera began working at Penn State York in 1989 as a part-time faculty member in Spanish. She taught a number of Spanish language courses as well as Latin American culture and civilization. She has served as a multicultural counselor and currently serves as the Latino counselor on campus. Grigera works with a variety of student groups on campus and is an active member of the Penn State York Diversity Committee. She plans and implements a number of programs for Latino high school students and brings them on campus for a variety of events.
Active in the York community, Grigera is the co-chair of the York County Hispanic Coalition, a mentor for Mom's and Mentors, and has served on a number of boards including the Junior League of York, York Spanish American Center, and the African American and Latino Task Force at the School District of the City of York.
Grigera holds a master's in education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a Profesorado "Monsenor J. Nepomuceno Terrero," and a Colegio del Sagrado Corazon, from La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
GACLA's mission is to ensure that the Latino community is afforded the opportunity to continue to prosper in Pennsylvania. It has served Pennsylvania's Latino community in the areas of arts and culture, communications and media, community development and empowerment, crime prevention, economic development, educational advancement, children and youth advocacy, leadership enhancement, equal rights and equal opportunities, employment, health, housing, social services and others since 1971.