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Meet the Class of 2011: Gina Delgado

June 6, 2011

Gina Delgado

This is the eighth in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.

Gina Delgado knows what it is to be challenged. As a Family Advocate for the Mental Health Association of New York City, she made a living dealing with the painful challenges that local families face on a daily basis.

Then in 2004 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. By 2006, its effects no longer allowed her to work. That's when she decided to make a change. "It had always been a lifelong dream of mine to get my undergraduate degree, but life was always getting in the way," says Delgado, who was born in New York City and now lives in the Bronx.

The married mom enrolled at Lehman College and pursued a bachelor's degree in social work. But for Delgado, going back to school was much more than just a way to pass the time. "With MS, itís important to keep myself and my brain stimulated," she explains.

After arriving on campus, she became involved with the College's Office for Students with Disabilities. "They were a tremendous source of support for me and many other students," she says.

Now that sheís graduating summa cum laude, Delgado, 46, is considering another challenge: whether or not to go on for a Masterís of Social Work at Lehman.