Pueblo native and female Hispanic leader to speak at 2007 CSU-Pueblo Commencement


One of the nation’s top Hispanic women leaders will share her passion for education, diversity, public service, and her alma mater with Spring 2007 Madridgraduates at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Pueblo native Sandra Madrid will present the Commencement Address during the spring ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education from then University of Southern Colorado in 1974, Madrid earned a master’s degree in reading and language arts, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. For the past 17 years, Madrid has served as assistant dean in the University of Washington Law School – one of only 12 Hispanic law school deans in the country. At UW, she oversees law school recruitment, admissions, and financial aid and also provides personal counseling, serves as Dean of Students, Director of Personnel for classified and professional staff and outreach for community relations.

In 2002, Hispanic Business recognized her as one of 80 elite Hispanic women. Other honors include: the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission for Minorities in the Profession; the Leadership Tomorrow Edward E. Carlson Outstanding Alumna Award; one of 75 Distinguished Leadership Award winners from the National Association for Community Leadership; the Outstanding Non-Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association; the Champion of Diversity Award from the King County Bar Foundation; and the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association. Her influence can be found everywhere at the School of Law, from the Latino Bar and Northwest Indian Bar (associations that represent minority lawyers and these underrepresented populations to improve legal and political status) to the school’s alumni Ambassador Program and solid increases in the school’s minority student population.

She brings the same tenacity to public service as she does to her job. In March, Madrid was elected as the first Hispanic woman to serve as board chair for United Way of King County, the largest fund-raising United Way chapter in the nation with a goal of $106 million. She has served on the Board of Directors for nine years and has held a variety of positions.

Madrid values the opportunity to bring another perspective to the table and believes in the ripple effect of leadership on underrepresented populations. Madrid also chairs the Board of Directors of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and is a member of the National Board of the Girl Scouts of America. She recently accepted a nomination to serve on the American Association of Law School Minority Groups Section Executive Committee.

On May 5, guests at commencement ceremonies may arrive after 8 a.m. in order to secure seating, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Following the commencement ceremony, the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association will sponsor a reception for graduates and their guests in the Palace of Agriculture.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.