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Metro State honored by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Metro State has received the President�s Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver in recognition of its support of the chamber�s leadership programs and its outreach to Latino students.

The chamber presented the award Thursday, April 26, during its 26th annual business awards luncheon.

Former Denver Mayor Guillermo �Bill� Vidal, chamber president and CEO, cited President Stephen Jordan�s leadership of a young professional�s group and Metro State�s assistance in developing a chamber leadership program �where we�re taking some of our young, emerging leaders and asking them to stretch themselves to really include in their own personal legacies a contribution to a greater good.�

He also applauded Metro State for reaching out to people of color, especially Latinos, and providing students a high-quality education.

�Metro this past year has really done a great job engaging the minority community, helping out the chamber�and overall has been a great asset to the community as a whole,� Vidal said.

In accepting the award, Deputy Provost Luis Torres said that the timing was perfect, given Metro State�s change to university status. He also reiterated the institution�s commitment to accessibility, particularly for students of color.

That commitment is reflected in Metro State�s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) initiative, which has made significant progress in increasing the Latino student population. To achieve the federal designation of HSI, 25 percent of students must be Latino.

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