Carlos M. Ortiz Memorial Fund
Carlos M. Ortiz, who passed away on October 15, 2015, was a long time member of the Montclair State University community. He started his Montclair State career as a counselor in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and served in several capacities at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences both as a professor and Assistant Dean. Carlos was also responsible for founding LASO, The Latin American Student Organization, whose aim is to provide programming on campus to promote culture, education, and timely discussions associated with Latin America and Latino communities. LASO was established in the 1970’s when there was very limited support for Latinos on campus. Carlos also played an influential role in the development of MSU’s Latino Caucus and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.
Additionally, Carlos was a well-regarded artist. He was a printmaker and donated some beautiful pieces to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences like the beautiful mural in Dickinson Hall. Those who worked with Carlos knew him as a devoted teacher and artist, an inspiring mentor to his students, and a selfless friend.
The Carlos M. Ortiz Memorial Fund will pay tribute to the dedication and commitment that Carlos had for his students and the Montclair State University Community. The annual Carlos M. Ortiz Lecture will allow the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to bring recognized speakers, who embody the ideals and essence of Carlos’ legacy. The fund will also provide a modest scholarship award to a deserving student who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, volunteerism and commitment to the Montclair State University community.
We hope that we may count on you to reach our goal of raising $25,000, so we can endow the fund in perpetuity. Please help us reach our goal in establishing a long lasting and well-deserved legacy for Carlos M. Ortiz. Any amount, small or large, is appreciated.
If you have any questions regarding a contribution, please contact the Office of Annual Giving, at 973-655-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about Carlos and his legacy can also be directed to Latina/o Caucus representatives, Milton Fuentes or Carmen Cuevas.