Latino Book Award Celebrating Oneonta Students

“Mi vida en los Estados Unidos, jóvenes hispanohablantes cuentan sus experiencias” [My Life in the United States, Young Spanish Heritage Language Speakers Write About Their Experiences], authored by SUNY Oneonta students in the “Spanish for Bilinguals” course, in collaboration with the book’s editor, Dr. María Cristina Montoya has been awarded: “Most inspirational non-fiction” and “Best Autobiography” from Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Award (the largest awards in the U.S.A celebrating achievement in Latino literature). The award ceremony will take place in Los Angeles County at the Dominguez Ballroom at the California State University. Professor Montoya, and three students: Diana Cervantes, Michelle Morales, Daniela Gutierrez, and one alumna Mildret Barajas will be participating of the award ceremony on the evening of September 8th.

The narratives in the book illustrate real life experiences and leave audiences with a positive feeling in the recovery of Spanish as a heritage language and the future of the Latino population in the U.S. Therefore, the book proceeds from the sale were used to create a scholarship within the SUNY-Oneonta College Foundation for the recovery of heritage languages. It is approved and in need of dissemination among interested public to obtain external funds. Professor and students would like to take the opportunity during the award ceremony to promote our new College Foundation Scholarship on Heritage Languages.