This past September 8th, Professor Montoya, and three students: Diana Cervantes (Family and Child Studies-Spanish), Michelle Morales (Art-Spanish), Daniela Gutierrez (Communications-Spanish), and one alumna Mildret Barajas (Sociology-Spanish) received First Place for Most Inspirational Non-Fiction” and Second Place for “Best Autobiography” for their work “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 29 SUNY Oneonta students in the “Spanish for Bilinguals” course, in collaboration with the book’s editor, Dr. María Cristina Montoya
“Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Award” is the largest awards in the U.S.A celebrating achievement in Latino literature. The award ceremony took place in Los Angeles at the Dominguez Ballroom at the California State University. The students received funding from the “D’Antonio Undergraduate Student Travel for Excellence Fund”, and the “Student Travel for Excellence Program: ACADEMIC STEP” in order to attend the ceremony and the book panel at “The Latino Book and Family Festival” on Saturday September 10th.
The sales of the book contribute to a new College Foundation Scholarship on Heritage Languages.