Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus honored Margaret (Margie) Rivera for her commitment to the Hispanic community and culture in Northern Delaware at its 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Induction Ceremony on October 18, 2013.
Rivera is a Sr. Manager of Affirmative Action/EEO Compliance and Diversity at AstraZeneca. She is an active member of AstraZeneca’s Healthcare Heroes supporting AstraZeneca’s strategy on volunteerism. She is a founding Member and Chairperson of the Delaware Aspira Board of Directors, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational and leadership advancement of Latino youth.
Rivera has received multiple recognitions including the 2007 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for social justice/advocacy; the 2010 AstraZeneca Jefferson Award for Public Service; the Bold & Strong award from Girls Inc.; and the 2012 Diversity Exchange Award recognizing her work and contributions towards diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also received the Distinguished Hispanic Award recognizing her leadership and contributions to the community from the Latin American Community Center in 2012. On October 22, 2013 she was named the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer for Education. Rivera is an alumnus of Rutgers University, New Jersey.
“I am so humbled and privileged,” said Ms. Rivera during her remarks at the ceremony. “Thank you to Delaware Tech for leading this effort. My mother would be thrilled that her daughter has made an impact in young people’s lives. I want to pay tribute to the countless volunteers that serve with me.”
Attending the ceremony were a choral and dance group from Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, a school that Ms. Rivera helped to establish that provides students a world class education through a dual language, project based learning curriculum.
Ramon Rodriquez from the Mayor’s office and Maria Cabrera from Wilmington City Council made remarks about Ms. Rivera’s exemplary volunteer service and accomplishments.
Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed traditional Hispanic food, music and dancing