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Albright Empowering Voices Keynote: Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

State representative will discuss “connection to community” during Albright College symposium, Oct. 6

Albright Empowering Voices Keynote: Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

by Albright College

Pennsylvania State Representative Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz will offer a keynote discussion on “connection to community” during Albright College’s fall 2023 Empowering Albright Voices day. The Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. keynote will follow a unity breakfast in McMillan Center dining hall. Empowering Albright Voices day offers a full slate of panels and activities designed to bring awareness to relevant social topics. Participants are encouraged to openly discuss difficult topics and learn about people who are different from themselves in an effort to cultivate an inclusive, thriving community. All Empowering Albright Voices events are free and open to the public.

Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz was the first woman to serve as president of the Reading City Council until January 2023, when she took the oath to serve as Pennsylvania’s 129th Legislative District State Representative.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz College, where she majored in French and minored in Spanish, Cepeda-Freytiz later obtained a Master of Science in Education degree from Long Island University.

Recognized as a community-first business owner, Cepeda-Freytiz — who established Mi Casa Su Casa Café, located in downtown Reading — has earned the James Hyson Entrepreneur Award from Community First Fund, the Latino Chamber of Commerce’s Businessperson of the Year, the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA’s Take the Lead award, United Community Services’ COVID-19 Hero Award and the Domestic Shelters Organization’s Purple Ribbon Business Partner of the Year award.

Learn more about Empowering Albright Voices day online and follow #EmpoweringAlbrightVoices on social media.

Named a top national performer on Social Mobility 2024 by U.S. News & World Report, Albright College, Reading, Pa., (founded 1856) is home to engaging faculty who believe that the best academic moments are when students feel inspired and ready to take action. The college’s distinctive co-major program enables students to cross or combine different areas of study without taking longer to graduate. Study alongside undergraduate students, adult learners, and graduate students, and ignite your SPARK at Albright College.