CCSU President Zulma R. Toro will be inducted into the Connecticut Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame at its seventh annual induction ceremony and gala on Thursday, Sept. 26. Dr. Toro joins three additional inductees for 2019: Rabbi Philip Lazowski, philanthropist, spiritual leader, and Holocaust survivor; Dr. Henry C. Lee, internationally renowned forensic scientist; and Lucian Pawlak, former mayor of New Britain and community leader.


The IHHF was launched in 2013 to celebrate the diverse ethnic heritage of Connecticut by honoring individuals and institutions who exemplify the best of their immigrant heritage and who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, economic, and civic development of our state and nation.


 “The IHHF Class of 2019 is a diverse group of remarkable individuals who embody the kind of perseverance, scholarship, and achievement that have made our world a better place,” says Andre Blaszczynski, a professor of Economics at Tunxis Community College, co-chair of the IHHF Planning Committee, and president of the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut. “Their noteworthy contributions serve to inspire and encourage future generations to excel.”


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