Message from the President
Friday, December 2, 2016
As I travel across the country on the Adelphi Momentum Tour, I repeatedly hear from alumni as well as the parents of current students about the ways we have transformed students’ lives.
A shining example is Carmen Ortiz ’78, ’12 (Hon.), J.D., who returned to Adelphi to share her story. I am proud to tell you that Ortiz is both the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, appointed by President Obama. But she started here at Adelphi on a scholarship, while working in her family’s gift store in Spanish Harlem.
During her long career, she has prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing case, mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and a number of white-collar criminals, all of which captivated our political science and criminal justice majors. She fondly remembered Adelphi Professor Emeritus Jose Sanchez, who saw the potential in this brilliant young woman from Harlem and urged her to follow her dreams, despite tough times at home.
Because of an Adelphi internship in Washington, D.C., Ortiz found her calling. “I had the opportunity to challenge myself personally and intellectually at Adelphi,” she told us.
When asked about the recent presidential election, she responded, “We want to move forward, and we’re not going to be able to move forward if we’re not working together.”
In this holiday season, I take heart in celebrating Ortiz’s story and spreading her message. Let us all work together to move forward–this month and all through the year.
All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.