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Hostos College Honors Catholic Charities "Distinguished Dominican" Beatriz Diaz Taveras

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

"The Key Is Always Give 100%"


Ms. Taveras in her office-turned-flower shop thanks to staff's congratulatory bouquets

Congratulations to Beatriz Diaz Taveras, our executive director of Catholic Charities Community Services NY, for the well-earned honor - third in the past three years! – for exemplary service to the New York community.

Just last Thursday, February 21, 2019, Hostos Community College honored her at its academic scholarship and award ceremony held in its atrium as a distinguished Dominican in commemoration of Dominican Heritage month.  Last year, the Dominican Day Parade committee honored her as an outstanding Dominican American.  And two years earlier, Centro Altagracia, an organization dedicated to putting faith into action and promoting social justice, honored Ms. Taveras on International Women’s Day for enriching our community.

This most recent honor gave Ms. Taveras a specific shout out as a “Distinguished Dominican and Academic Achiever in Commemoration of Dominican Heritage.”

“As a first-generation American, going to college was ingrained in me,” Ms. Taveras said.  “Education was denied my parents in their home country; as struggling immigrants my mother worked in a factory and my father had various jobs. Thanks to the way they raised me, there was never any doubt I would go to college.”

As a result, she now holds a bachelor's degree in business from Syracuse University and a master's in business administration from Pace University.

A longtime Catholic Charities manager, Ms. Taveras worked her way up to her current position as Catholic Charities Community Services executive director in 2009.  Before that she held multiple management positions with Catholic Charities for more than 20 years including director of Immigrant and Refugee Services, special assistant to the executive director of Catholic Charities and secretary to the Catholic Charities board of trustees.

In addition, she serves on the board of Incarnation Children’s Center and on the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee. She has served on the boards of Catholic Charities USA, the New York Immigration Coalition, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Catholic Charities USA Committee for the Advancement of Racial Equality and the Intercultural Council of the Archdiocese of New York.

“The key,” Ms. Taveras says, "is to grab any opportunity presented to you and always give your 100%.”