What: Sila Maria Calderon, a politician and businesswoman who served as the 7th governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2005, will discuss the philanthropic efforts that she has been engaged in since she left office, including the Sila M. Calderon Foundation and its programmatic embodiment, the Center for Puerto Rico, which she founded in 2004. Her appearance at Trinity is part of a multi-day visit to the Hartford area. Following her presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.
When: Tuesday, September 18 at noon.
Where: Wean Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street.
Background: Calderon was the first and, to date, the only woman elected to the office of governor of Puerto Rico. Prior to her taking office, she held various government positions, including Secretary of State of Puerto Rico and chief of staff to Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon. Calderon also served as mayor of the capital, San Juan, from 1997 to 2001.
Upon leaving political life, Calderon created the Sila M. Calderon Foundation and the Center for Puerto Rico, which seeks to enhance the opportunities and capabilities of the underprivileged by leveraging private resources in its programs. The objectives of the Center for Puerto Rico are:
- Reducing poverty and inequity
- Advancing the role of women in society
- Promoting urban revitalization and balance
- Strengthening ethical values and social responsibility
The Center for Puerto Rico emphasizes activities and projects that educate and empower and thus result in a more integrated and productive society. It promotes opportunities and incentives for private action and sustainable change to break the cycle of dependency. And it strives to be a model for community development and poverty reduction throughout Latin America.
Calderon graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, graduating in 1964 with a degree in political science. In 1972, she graduated with an M.A. in public administration from the University of Puerto Rico.