ECU professor honored for service to Hispanic community

East Carolina University education professor Dr. Diane Rodriguez was selected as one of four winners of the “Orgulla de Nuestra Comunidad” (Pride of our Community) awards presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. She will be recognized at a ceremony this month.

Rodriguez has worked as a high school and university teacher, a teacher educator, mentor to individuals with special needs and a mentor to Latinos. Her work with Hispanics led to an invitation to join the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She participated in the National Education Summit and Call to Action in Washington, D.C. The initiative focused on preparing Latino students for college, careers and productive lives. This year, Rodriguez was honored at ECU with a Women of Distinction Award.

The Pride of Our Community campaign was sponsored by R.A. Jeffreys and Univision, a media company serving Hispanic America.

For more information, contact Ken Luterbach, assistant professor in College of Education at East Carolina University, at


ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard congratulations Diane Rodriguez on receiving the Women of Distinction Award in April 2011.