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DU alumna inducted into Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Two Colorado women with strong ties to the University of Denver have been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, and Maria Guajardo, an educator, psychologist and Latina advocate, were recognized in a special ceremony on March 18 with eight other contemporary and historic inductees.

Albright’s father, Josef Korbel, a diplomat, fled from Communist Czechoslovakia with his family and came to the United States in 1948. In 1949, he began teaching international relations at the University of Denver. He was the first dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, now called the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

A DU trustee for the past 15 years, Guajardo has a passion for Latino issues related to education, health, and the labor force. She was the first Latina to become board president for the Mental Health Center of Denver, and also served on the boards of the Children’s Hospital, the Denver Foundation and The Veterans of Hope Project. Guajardo received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard, and master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Denver.

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