Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education
To promote the representation of Latinos/Latinas at the policy level.
To promote and facilitate access of Latinos/Latinas in Connecticut Higher Education.
To promote and facilitate the participation of Latino communities in higher education throughout CT.
CALAHE is delighted to be able to offer scholarship opportunities to incoming freshman students and college undergraduates. We hope that we will be able to assist you in defraying some of your college costs. Please review the scholarship eligibility criteria carefully to see if you qualify.
2022 John Soto CALAHE Scholars Golf Classic
The 2022 John Soto CALAHE Scholars Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2022.
The tournament will be hosted at the Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon, Connecticut.
2022 CALAHE Student Conference
Date: October 22, 2022
Location: Central Connecticut State University,
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
(registration begins at 9 am)
News & Announcements
A Message from our President
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I am honored to serve as the President of this wonderful organization. I hope you will join me in the work ahead, as we strive to make CALAHE the strongest advocate for our disciplines, our professions in higher education and more importantly, our students.
We must acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, our communities, and our nation in ways none of us could have ever imagined. As we continue to face the pandemic together, CALAHE hopes to share our voice and work through different measures, all while providing the same support!
Let's keep the CALAHE community strong! Please join our quarterly Café con Leche speaker events (more details listed in "Upcoming Events") and our annual fall golf tournament.
I look forward to your continuous support and hope to connect with everyone, soon.
Be well and keep healthy,
Dr. Christina Irizarry
Dr. Walter Diaz on his Retirement
Dr. Walter Diaz, Vice President of Student Affairs, served Eastern with distinction for the past 22 years. With Dr. Diaz’s retirement on February 1, 2022 Eastern is losing a veteran administrator and a great friend of our students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Diaz has provided outstanding leadership in a range of administrative roles, including as Director of Housing, Director of Career Services, and Dean of Students, before assuming his current position as Vice President of Student Affairs in 2017. Dr. Diaz is a compassionate administrator and advocate for students and has mentored hundreds of students as an advisor to the OLAS and MALES student clubs.
In addition, Dr. Diaz has implemented many innovative programs and services in the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Diaz’s talents and service to students have been recognized through numerous state, regional and national awards, including NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession, and most recent receiving the Education Leadership Award presented by the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica. Prior to coming to Eastern, Dr. Diaz served in similar capacities at Tunxis Community College, Dartmouth College, SUNY Utica, and UConn.
The Passing of One of our Past Presidents - Domingo Arias Munoz
It is with great sadness of the passing of one our past President's Domingo Alfredo Arias Munoz who passed away on Sept. 2, 2021.
He was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States in 1977. While in Chile he pursued a career in Academia and was dedicated to fighting for social justice issues as a civil rights leader. He retired from CCSU (Central Connecticut State University) as a college administrator with Emeritus Status. For over 40 years he worked in social services and higher education. During that time he assisted families in need and helped students acquire jobs. One of his greatest accomplishments was being the past President of CALAHE (Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education) as well as being the creator and co-founder of CLAS (Congress of Latin American Students) which remains active to date.
Domingo enjoyed reading, writing, traveling, fishing, golfing and gardening, but what he cherished the most was his time with his family members located in Chile, Connecticut, and Florida. He is survived by his loving wife, Monica Tatiana Arias, his daughters Tatiana Arias O’Connor and Claudia Arias-Cirinna. His son-in-laws: Philip O’Connor and David Cirinna. He was predeceased by his daughter Monica Arias-Farfan. He is the beloved grandfather (Tata) to: Fernando, Francisco, Rory, Fiorella, Sofia and Rocco. He also loved his furry grandsons Teddy and Charlie.
He was a warrior, hero, protector and mentor. A man with character and principle. His love and passion for his family and community was unprecedented. He was courageous and brave and believed that the world could be better if action was taken. Never needed praise nor acknowledgement for the good deeds he performed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the establishment of the Domingo Arias Memorial Scholarship Fund. All donations can be made to CALAHE and sent to C/O Christina Irizarry, PO Box 605, Tolland, CT 06084.