Donate will serve as chair
Northampton Community College (NCC) Professor Maria Teresa Donate was sworn in as chair of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) on January 10.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf swore in 15 new commissioners and 18 returning commissioners during a ceremony at the state capitol. Donate, a returning appointee, has served on the Commission since 2006. As commission chair, she is responsible for guiding and coordinating all of the Commission's efforts.
"It is a great privilege and honor to be reappointed by Governor Wolf. Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in Pennsylvania," said Donate. "We are committed to serving our community and representing the voice of Latinos statewide. I am deeply honored to represent our College and Northampton County on this prestigious commission."
The Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members who have proficiently served Pennsylvania's fastest growing Latino community since 1971. GACLA's mission is to advise the governor on policies and legislation that impact Latino communities and to ensure that Pennsylvania's Latinos are given the opportunity to thrive in community development, education, equal rights and equal opportunities, workforce, health and social services in Pennsylvania.
"Pennsylvania is built on a foundation of inclusion and diversity and the Latino community is an important part of our commonwealth's history and our future," said Governor Wolf. "I commend all of the members of my Latino Affairs Commission for their dedication and commitment. There is a tremendous need to hear from Latinos on everything from healthcare and education to economic development and the census, and I look forward to working with the commissioners to create a Pennsylvania where everyone can thrive.