Myrna Garcia-Bowen started her career in higher education in 1982 at Eastern CT State University. While there she held the position of Assistant to the Director of Admissions. Two years later she was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. 

Myrna was hired at Central Connecticut State University where she served as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions until 2005. In 2005 to present she holds the title of Director of the Office of Transfer and Academic Articulations. Throughout her tenure in higher education, she has been an advocate for Women’s Rights and Social Justice for all underrepresented populations.   

 In 1983 MS Garcia-Bowen became involved in the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education, better known as CALAHE. She served as the organization’s president from 2007-2019.  The mission of this organization is to advocate and promote full access, retention, and participation of Latinos/as throughout Connecticut higher education at all levels.   

 In addition to other professional organizations, MS Garcia-Bowen’s involvement in the following committees and organization speak to her pioneer work, dedication, and advocacy for marginalized populations.   

  • Committee on Concerns for Women 
  • Women of Color-sub-committee 
  • 2019 Award Recipient 100 Women of Color 
  • Latin American Association-member (served as officer as well) 
  • Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center advisory board- member 
  • President Citation Award Selection Committee 
  • SUOAF-Steward 
  • Represented CCW on Campus on Compassion Committee 
  • CSCU System Equity Council member and Tri-Chair 

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