Hostos Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis was named in the 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list, compiled by City & State, the premier media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy. The recognition, instituted in 2021, includes university officials making the biggest difference on and off campus through advocacy, social mobility initiatives, and community engagement.

“I am honored and grateful to be included in the City and State’s Higher Education Power 100, and especially to be named along with such an impressive list of distinguished and effective educators,” said Cocco De Filippis.

A pioneering leader for many women and immigrants in the Northeast, she returned to Hostos Community College in August 2020 after serving as President of Naugatuck Valley Community College from July 2008 to August 2020. 

As of April 2022, with ‘manos a la obra/all hands-on-deck’ as her motto, President Cocco De Filippis hosted a successful Middle States Evaluation Visit, which garnered thoughtful and collegial feedback from peer evaluators. This year she has embarked on a College-wide Strategic Planning process, effective 2023–2028.

Dr. Cocco De Filippis holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature, an M. Phil in Spanish Literature from the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York, an M.A. in Spanish Literature and a B.A. summa cum laude in Spanish and English Literatures from Queens College, CUNY. A published author and literary critic, she is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of Dominican women's studies and Dominican authors in the U.S. 

About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for over half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and three certificate programs that facilitate secure transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.           
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