Oct. 13, 2006
Dr. Lillian López, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, received the award for Latino Leadership in Education during the third annual Siouxland Latino Leadership Recognition Banquet held Oct. 5, at Briar Cliff University.
López was also the keynote speaker for the event, which recognized Latino leaders in the community who have contributed to the improvement of Siouxland. Siouxland Unidad Latina, a non-profit agency that seeks to raise awareness of the needs of the Hispanic community, sponsored the event. Awards were also also presented in the categories of arts and culture, business owner, community involvement, health and human services, and friend of the Latino community.
During her address, López spoke about the contributions of Latino Americans who have had a positive impact in the United States. She also addressed the need for promoting and respecting a healthy public space in which to promote dialogue in the community.
López is director of International Student Services at Morningside and is faculty advisor for Morningside’s International Students Association. A native of Puerto Rico, Lopez received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Prior to joining the faculty at Morningside, she worked in Puerto Rico’s Office of Industrial Tax Exemption and in private practice.