UMLP to Host Lecture with Bronx Community Activist

October 3, 2012 2:40 pm Student Affairs, Urban Male Leadership Program

Dr. Fernando Cabrera, District 14 Council Member

New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who represents District 14 in the Bronx, will visit the Lehman campus to give a talk on “Latinos at the Forefront: Strengthening Our Communities Through Higher Education,” on Wednesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Lovinger Theatre. Sponsored by the Urban Male Leadership Program, this event is free and open to the community.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Cabrera has been a long-time activist within the community and has served in leadership positions since early on in his career. He has worked as a substance abuse intervention/prevention counselor and as a bilingual school counselor at Walton High School. While pursuing his graduate degree in Virginia, Dr. Cabrera was director of New Life for Youth, a successful rehabilitation program.

He earned his doctorate in counseling from Argosy University, and in 2000 became the program director for the graduate counseling program at Mercy College. He went on to create the first Mental Health Counseling graduate program in New York State.

In recent years, Dr. Cabrera has cochaired the Hispanic-Jewish Relations Task Force for Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, bringing communities together through work on projects such as “It’s My Park,” where members of the community cleaned up St. James Park. Through his involvement in Community Board 7, he has successfully lobbied the State Legislature to halt the reduction of funding for senior citizens, rehabilitation programs, and schools.

For his public service, Dr. Cabrera has received Citations of Merit from Bronx Borough Presidents Adolfo Carrion and Fernando Ferrer, as well as recognition from the Latin and African American Chaplain Organization.

For more information on this event, call 718-960-8801.