University graduate student nationally recognized as inspiring Latina

Co-founder of DreamGirls Program named a “Fun Fearless Latina”

5/6/2013 | By: Megan Akers  |

University of Nevada, Reno student and former Carson High School student Shirley Diaz has been named one of 12 "Fun Fearless Latinas" in Cosmopolitan for Latinas' magazine. Diaz, a graduate student in economics and co-founder of the University's DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program, will be named an "Honorary COVERGIRL" for CoverGirl cosmetics at the May 2013 luncheon to be held in New York City at the Hearst headquarters.

"I am honored to be included in a group of such amazing and inspiring Latina women and role models," Diaz said.

Diaz is an active leader at the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and is the national director of finance, risk management and philanthropy for Lambda Phi Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Diaz, who was chosen as the "reader winner," will be graduating with a master's degree from the University on May 17 and is looking forward to the red-carpet luncheon taking place on May 24 in New York.

"I have no idea what to expect, but I am really looking forward to receiving the award in New York and doing the Honorary COVERGIRL photo shoot," Diaz said.

In addition to Diaz, the full list of honorees selected by the magazine's editors are: Michelle Rodriguez, actress starring in such blockbusters as The Fast and the Furious; Natalie Morales, co-anchor of the Today Show; La La Anthony, creator of Motives for La La; Loren Ridinger, SVP of Market America and and creator of Motives Cosmetics; Marlen Esparaza, Olympic Boxer and Medalist; Leticia Márquez-Magaña, molecular geneticist at San Francisco State; Erika Andiola, community organizer and activist; Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder; Maria Cervantes, non-profit fundraiser and Magaly Chocano, CEO and Founder of Sweb Development. Finally, the Fun Fearless Latino award goes to Al Madrigal, comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

If you are interested in contacting Shirley Diaz for more information on her honor, she can be reached at


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