For Immediate Release — April 1, 2004




Event’s Keynote Speaker serves on

U.S. Senate Task Force Committee on Hispanic Affairs

GENESEO, N.Y. — In an effort to promote pride for Hispanic cultures and offer respect for the significant role that Hispanic women have played throughout history, the Lambda Pi Upsilon sorority at SUNY Geneseo will hold a "Nuestra Herencia" program on the evening of April 10. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp.

Gutiérrez-Steinkamp, a Smithsonian Fellow, currently serves on the United States Senate Task Force Committee on Hispanic Affairs.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Robert W. MacVittie College Union Ballroom, and will feature a sit-down dinner of traditional Hispanic dishes prepared by Lambda Pi Upsilon members. The dinner will be followed by Gutiérrez-Steinkamp’s speech and a cultural program highlighting the contributions of Latina women. A dance to the beat of popular Hispanic rhythms and tunes will end the evening’s events.

A native of Cuban ancestry, Gutiérrez-Steinkamp was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to serve as Deputy Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts – the first Hispanic appointed to this senior position – and was appointed in 2002 to serve as a member of the Commission for the Preservation of the White House.

Gutiérrez-Steinkamp has more than 25 years of professional experience in museums, education, art, history and music. She is the first Cuban-born director of a museum in the U.S., and the first Hispanic director of a museum in the southeast. A former director of three Florida museums – the Cornell Museum of Art and History, the Children’s Museum of Boca Raton, and the Cuban Museum of the Americas – she also has extensive experience as a multidisciplinary grant reviewer at the state and federal levels. In this capacity she served by appointment on the State of Florida Council of Libraries and Technology, and now serves on the International Cultural Exchange Program.

She has been a bilingual consultant and project coordinator at the international level in Europe, as well as in Mexico at the invitation of the Arizona Commission for the Arts, and in Tokyo at the Japan National Museum.

She is a graduate of the Havana Conservatory of Music, studied ballet with Michael Fokine at Carnegie Hall, and attended Villanova University School of International Law and the University of Victoria, completing advanced studies in cultural management, museum studies and cultural conservation.

The Lambda Pi Upsilon sorority was the first Latino organization to be founded at SUNY Geneseo. Established in 1992, the sorority was founded on the principle of female empowerment. Tickets to the Nuestra Herencia dinner and program are available to the general public for $9, and may be purchased at the door, or through Lambda Pi Upsilon president Kimberly Figueroa, who can be reached by phone at (917) 599-6749 or by e-mail at Profits from the sale of tickets to this year’s program will be donated to Ibero Child Care Services of Rochester, a non-profit organization that provides early Head Start and child care services to Hispanic children. Its director, Connie Rodrîguez, is a Geneseo alumna.

For more information on Nuestra Herencia or Gutiérrez-Steinkamp’s visit, contact Dr. Rose McEwen (, or call the SUNY Geneseo department of foreign languages and literatures at (585) 245-5247.

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