Lizbeth Ortiz, a 2013 Niagara University graduate, was one of the featured presenters during a prestigious international research forum held at Daemen College April 22-24.
The Mexico City native presented her honors thesis during the conference on "Social Perspectives in Higher Education," which was co-sponsored by the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates, and Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, located in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The conference's opening remarks were provided by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Ortiz presented a paper titled "Diversity effects on social perspectives at the secondary school and university levels," which she co-authored with Dr. Susan E. Mason, the Niagara psychology professor who accompanied Ortiz to the conference.
Mason presented on "Tracing social perspectives with technology," an article she co-authored with Ortiz and Clara Kuntz, a 2011 NU graduate who is currently pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling from her alma mater.
Conference attendees included a mix of educators from the U.S. and Mexico, making Ortiz's fluency in Spanish particularly advantageous.
"Liz did an excellent job with her research and presentation - she was very professional," Mason said. "And with so many of the conference participants unable to speak English, Liz was able to serve as an informal translator and offer a unique perspective on the issues discussed."
Ortiz was born in Mexico City and moved to California when she was 12 years old. She attended Niagara University to study psychology and Spanish, graduating in May with undergraduate degrees in both disciplines.