Roberta (Bobbi) Cordano, a University of Wisconsin Law School alumna from the Class of 1990, is one of the first recipients of the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award honoring individuals, organizations of projects that have made contributions to the common good through public leadership and service. The awards are conferred by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. A gala dinner on Thursday, May 1 will feature the official award presentations.

Joining Ms. Cordano as recipients are Walter Mondale, Elmer Andersen, and Pakou Hang.

"We wanted to recognize leaders in our community who exemplify Hubert Humphrey¹s values of engaged citizenship and leadership for the common good," said Humphrey Institute Dean J. Brian Atwood. "The institute has carried Humphrey's name for 25 years, and we believe that he would be particularly proud of the individuals chosen as the first recipients of this award."

Roberta Cordano is committed to raising the quality of life of the signing community. She is one of the founders of two bicultural/bilingual charter schools for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind children. The Metro Deaf School, a pre-K through eigth grade program, opened 10 years ago; Minnesota North Star Academy, a high school, will open in September 2003. The schools use American Sign Language (ASL) as the primary language of instruction, with English introduced as a second language. Both schools employ deaf and hearing teachers to carry out their bicultural/bilingual philosophies.

Cordano was assistant attorney general in Minnesota from 1990 to 2000, and currently is the director of Disability Services at the University of Minnesota.

Submitted by on April 29, 2003

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