Doctoral Professor Receives LI Latina de Exito 2015 Award

Doctoral Professor Receives LI Latina de Exito 2015 Award

Sofia award story picOn May 14, 2015, Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote received the prestigious award “Long Island Latina de Exito 2015”. This award is dedicated to women who have done major contribution to the Long Island community. The “Most successful Latina in Long Island 2015” was given by The Long Island Magazine & TV organization, and endorsed by the Office of the Nassau County Executive, Mr. Edward P. Mangano , and the Office of Suffolk County, signed by Mr. Steven Bellone.

Jairo Zuluaga, Director of the Long Island Magazine & TV, said that “the committee members were looking for women who are not only successful in their own careers, but in their personal life. Women, who are caring leaders of the Long Island community. Women who are heroines and are an example of resiliency and persistence.” A role model for her community, that’s what Dr. Morote is.

Dr. Morote founded the Diversity and International Institute (IDI) at Dowling College. The IDI promotes education in Long Island for nontraditional groups through summits and events – Long Island Latino Summit, College Si Se Puede!, and Long Island College Diversity Summit. These events have been a success, and Mr. Bellone and Mr. Mangano praised her work with the Community. Dr. Morote’s ability to work with diverse groups was praised last year by Hempstead mayor, Wayne Hall, for her contributions to the Hempstead community through the Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Morote also participates as a member of Woman Patchogue Club, where she helps with their annual fundraising to provide scholarships to brilliant high school students to go to College.

The IDI has hosted several other events such as Eastern Woodlands Peoples (Native American Summer Program) and Collective Intelligence and Diversity for Leaders in Education. Currently, Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote serves as a full professor in Dowling College’s doctoral program. When she was asked about how people can be successful, she responded “The search for a successful and happy life—whatever set of goals it means to each and every one of us–is an innate pursuit. I believe I am successful because I am happy with who am I, and I love my job, and when I set goals, I follow them.” She recommended people to set their goals and enjoy their life.