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DYC Alum Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Dr. Cesar Cabrera, who earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership, serves as as NYS Dept. of Labor’s Commissioner’s Regional Representative.

Buffalo, New York – September 30, 2015 – Dr. Cesar Cabrera, the Commissioner’s Regional Representative for the New York State Department of Labor who earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at D’Youville, received the National Football League Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award in a special ceremony on September 20 at the Buffalo Bills game against New England.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15 and the annual award recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Dr. Cabrera began his professional career at D’Youville as an admissions counselor and coordinated for minority recruitment. He also served as advisor to the D’Youville Latin American Student Association, was a mentor in the DYC - DaVinci High School Program and was on the advisory council when the college Office of Diversity and Inclusion was established.

He was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters when he was eight years old. He attended the SUNY Buffalo State earning a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Dr. Cabrera holds a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies/Public Relations Management. He is also a graduate of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and completed the Executive Education Program at the University Of Maryland School of Public Affairs.

In 1994, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Mayor of Buffalo as Coordinator of Special Events. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Job Placement for the City and in 2000 he was named Assistant Administrative Director of the City and County Workforce Development Consortium.

In 2007, then New York Governor Eliot Spitzer named him as a commissioner with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Dr. Cabrera has served on numerous boards and was one of the founders of La Prensa Hispana, a Hispanic newspaper. He also served a four year term on the City of Buffalo Citizens Planning Council.

Each award recipient receives $2K to be donated to an organization and Dr. Cabrera has chosen the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County as recipient. The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during week three of the season during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

Dr. Julia Hall, professor of Education Policy & Research at D’Youville, was his doctoral advisor and directed his dissertation.

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