Nassau Community College (NCC) is proud to congratulate its chairman of the board of trustees, Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn, MD, FACP, for being honored by the Dejus Center Inc. of Hempstead. The group is an organization committed to developing and expanding the economic, political and social power of Latinos and Latino immigrant workers. The advocacy organization provides advisory services, community education, civic participation and organization.
“Dr. Gardyn is the embodiment of the American dream, and is a role model to other immigrants who come here to find education, a job, and a better life for their families,” said Dejus Development Director Yenniffer Martinez, also nothing that Gardyn is an immigrant himself and knows the unique challenges faced by others similarly situated. “Gardyn has not forgotten his early struggles and, as chair of the board of trustees at NCC, he works every day to welcome Latinos and other new arrivals to achieve their educational dreams at Nassau Community College.”
Proudly accepting the honor, Gardyn noted that upon fleeing Cuba to escape a harsh political regime, his parents emphasized to him the critical importance of education.
“My parents instilled in me from the very first, that education could not be taken away from you, no matter what else happens in your life,” said Gardyn. “So, as chairman of the board of trustees at Nassau Community College, I work every day to help Latinos and other new immigrants achieve their educational dreams at NCC at a cost that is within reach.”
NCC President Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of NCC, observed that Gardyn is a pillar in the Latino community, and that NCC is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of Latino students as they are amongst the fastest growing population in this country.
“We are so pleased to have Dr. Gardyn as chairman of the board of trustees; it sends the message to the Latino community that NCC is a college dedicated to inclusivity and diversity, and that we look forward to welcoming an ever-greater number of Latino students to our campus where they too can achieve the American dream.”