STATE HOUSE — The Guatemalan Center of New England will be
honoring Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) with the Quetzal Award for
her contributions to the Latino community throughout the state and her
historic achievement as the first Dominican American woman elected to public
office in the United States.
The event, which will take place Friday, Aug. 3, from 6 to
10 p.m. at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, will feature Dr.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, leading advocate of indigenous rights and ethno-cultural
reconciliation, and Nobel Peace laureate, as the evening’s keynote speaker.
“I am stunned and humbled to be recognized by such a
prestigious organization,” said Representative Diaz. “Throughout all of my time
in America, and all of my time in public service, I have always been driven by
my desire to assist the Latino community and all minority and people of color
in Rhode Island. Today, I am recognized for that and I am truly humbled and
U.S. Congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin are this
year’s honorary event co-chairmen. The gala continues to support new
generations of emerging leaders from local communities by awarding several
scholarships to college students of Guatemalan descent.
The Guatemalan Center of New England was founded in
2010 to encourage and disseminate Guatemalan culture through community events
that promote education, health and wellness, and arts and culture.