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Rigoberta Menchu, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Activist for Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to Speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on September 24

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú Speaks to Ramapo Students

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(Mahwah) Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchu will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Wednesday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium. Menchu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her work in defending the rights of indigenous peoples, will deliver an address entitled Student Engagement: Towards a Promising Future.

Awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, Menchú is a member and activist of the Maya K’iche’ ethnic group in Guatemala. She is a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation in Guatemala and the Western Hemisphere. Her testimonial book, I, Rigoberta Menchú, won the prestigious Casa de las Américas award in 1983 and has been translated into a dozen languages. The book, which she narrated to anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos, tells the story of her people and earned Menchu international recognition. She later published the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders, in addition to stories inspired by Mayan history and traditions. Named an Ambassador of Goodwill by UNESCO, Menchu has received numerous international honors and awards, including more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

The event is cosponsored by the School of Social Science and Human Services, the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies and the American Democracy Project. It is free and open to the public.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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