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Ida L.Castro of The Commonwealth Medical College to Speak at State Official Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs has named Ida L. Castro, MA, JD, Vice President for Social Justice and Diversity at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), as keynote speaker for this year’s State Official Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The event, entitled “Latino Pennsylvanians: Strengthening the State, Shaping the Future,” will take place at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., with the State Official Ceremony beginning at noon. A cultural reception will follow the ceremony in the Atrium of the Keystone Building. The event is free of charge and is held in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

“Ms. Castro has been an inspiration to many individuals; a resource to many institutions; and an agent of change to a grateful Latino Community,” stated Norman Bristol Colón, Executive Director, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. “It has been a great pleasure seeing her contributions to the nation as a White House Appointee, Cabinet Member for the State of New Jersey and her new role as Vice President for Social Justice and Diversity at one of the nation’s newest medical colleges. Her remarkable journey and American story is admirable, commendable and a great sense of pride for Latinos in Pennsylvania and the United States,” Mr. Colón continued.

“We are proud to help raise diversity awareness and engage the community in the rich culture, traditions and contributions of Latinos throughout our country’s history.  TCMC’s mission reflects our commitment to inclusion and we are happy to support events such as this, which ultimately create better understanding of and appreciation for the many people and cultures in America,” said Robert D’ Alessandri, MD, TCMC President and Dean.

Ms. Castro joined TCMC in September 2008, with more than 25 years experience in law, academia, not-for-profit and government agencies.  She was appointed by President Clinton in 1998 as the first Latina Chairwoman/CEO of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after serving as Director of the Women’s Bureau, Acting Deputy Solicitor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Worker Compensation at the U.S. Department of Labor.  In her position at TCMC, she oversees and develops social justice, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives involving leadership, staff, faculty, students and the community. In addition, she is a professor in TCMC’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Ms. Castro is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico.  She earned her Master’s degree from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law.  She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters by St. Joseph’s College.

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Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).