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Union County to hold Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Event

The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to invite residents to a Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Event on October 12, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at Union College of Union County, ROOM N-4, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The keynote speaker featured at this event is Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development in the Department of State, Marelyn Rivera.

“I am proud to present this opportunity for our residents to engage in meaningful discussions with Hispanic leaders who have made remarkable contributions to our community,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “Pioneers like Ms. Rivera serve as role models, demonstrating that through collaborative efforts, we have the capacity to make significant changes, not only within the Hispanic community but also throughout society at large. I encourage you to attend this seminar, and I hope to see you there.”

As a first-generation student in her family, Marelyn Rivera will be discussing her history growing up as a Latina woman in New Jersey, and how she was able to leverage her background and education during her fifteen-plus year career span, championing and advocating for the Hispanic Community every step of the way.

“I am delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring the accomplished and accredited Latina, Ms. Marelyn Rivera.,” said Commissioner Lourdes M. Leon. “Her leadership in both the public and private sectors stands as a testament to the possibilities when one dedicates themselves to serving their community.”

The Leadership Event starts at 12:00 p.m. with the special presentation from Ms. Rivera, and is open to the public.

This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Interested participants may register at

This event is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, part of the Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State, and is organized by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and held in collaboration with Union College of Union County, NJ.

For more information on this event or other Cultural and Heritage-related events or programs, please contact John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator, at 908-436-2912 or by email at