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Rivera-Guerra (IDM ‘13) Wins YWCA Racial Justice Award


Congratulations to Jesabel I. Rivera-Guerra (IDM ‘13) on winning the 2016 Racial Justice Award for Community Engagement established by the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

Through its Center for Race and Gender Equity, the YWCA seeks to promote a society in which all people receive equal treatment and have equal access in the workplace, public services, justice system, classroom, and throughout the Greater Pittsburgh community. Over the past two decades, the YWCA Racial Justice Awards have honored over 100 honors individuals, companies and organizations that have made a substantial commitment to racial equity. 

A native of Puerto Rico, Rivera-Guerra volunteers as president of the Pittsburgh Latin American Cultural Union, the oldest Latino organization in our area. Says Patricia Documet, associate professor and scientific director of the Center for Health Equity, “Jesabel is passionate about working with the Latino Community.”

After earning her MPH from Pitt Public Health, Rivera-Guerra worked with Highmark in health strategy consulting and, in 2016, joined the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association as director of community health strategies. "She's an inspiration not only through her professional success, but also in her commitment both to the community and to the school," says Velpandi Ayyavoo, associate dean and assistant chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, noting Rivera-Guerra's recent service as an alumni panelist at the school.

Rivera-Guerra accepted the award at the YWCA’s Silver Celebration Racial Justice Awards Dinner on November 16, 2016. Read more, watch YouTube video, or view photos.


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