Fall 2008 Issue

Minority Rules

Barry Law School Dean Leticia Diaz was awarded ImpreMedia Company’s first-ever Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference Award March 22 during a special awards luncheon in Orlando.

ImpreMedia, which owns the Hispanic newspaper LaPrensa, honored Diaz with the award in the category for “Outstanding 2008 Hispanic Female in the Legal Field.” The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of Hispanic women in the Central Florida area in their respective fields and their active involvement in the Hispanic community

“This award pays tribute to every minority woman who has for so many years strived to make a difference in her field and her community. To be recognized as one of these women is truly an honor,” said Diaz. “By recognizing Hispanic women we honor diversity, which is not only vital to higher education, but to our culture as a whole.”

Diaz has been instrumental in the lives of Hispanic Barry students as the advisor to the Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA), a group she helped form in 1995 and has advised ever since. HALSA has been involved in multiple pro bono community activities and has collaborated with the Hispanic Bar Association.

In a letter paying tribute to Florida’s Hispanic women, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wrote that “Hispanic women continue to enhance our communities by serving the Sunshine State as entrepreneurs, public servants, scholars and artists. The dedication of these women has had a profound impact on countless citizens throughout our great state.”