Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:00–8:00 p.m.


Alumni House

Etiquette Dinner

Good manners are proper social behaviors that help us to excel in the professional area as well as in the social and personal arena. 
But because no one is born knowing the art of good manners and elegance, we have to dedicate time to cultivate, learn and master those skills, which in turn give us that original and attractive personality so charming to others. The dinner will empower you to dine with confidence and gracefulness.
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About the Speaker

Arely Mendoza-Cantos is the founder and director of Always Gracious—The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, the first Bilingual (Spanish/English) school of Etiquette and Image on Long island.

Mendoza-Cantos holds an Associate Degree in Arts with a major in Biology from Hostos Community College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from The Metropolitan College of New York, and a Certificate in Professional Table Manners from The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette. Mendoza-Cantos took modeling classes at the Mundo Hispano Modeling School, and photography and image classes at the D’Ante Modeling Studio.

Mendoza-Cantos has participated in professional conferences such as the Latino Mental Health Conference at NYU Post-Graduate Medical School in Manhattan; The Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey Conference at Mount Clair University; The Eastern Regional Clubhouse Conference at Stanford, Connecticut; The Western Regional Clubhouse Coalition Conference at Golden, Colorado; The Hispanic and Mental Health Conference at Wichita, Kansas; The Mediterranean Social Psychiatric Rehabilitation Conference in Barcelona, Spain; The International Clubhouse Coalition Conference at Chattanooga, Tennessee; La Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad Francisco Gavidia, San Salvador, El Salvador; The XII Congreso de la Mujer Latina in Dix Hills, Long Island, The Latino Mental Health Conference at North General Hospital at Manhattan, New York; among others. She has attended these conferences as a guest/keynote speaker and has addressed issues related to cultural diversity, cultural competency, social etiquette and disparity in mental health services. 

She has also been featured in local and international newspaper articles such as El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador), Izalco News (Miami), La Tribuna Hispana (Long Island), and Noticias Del Mundo Newspaper (New York), Newsday (New York) and Long Island Parent magazine, The Malverne/West Hempstead Herald “Who’s who in the Neighborhood” and she has been interview for online articles such as “May I break the Glass Ceiling, please?”.

She has been interviewed on USA Latino TV programs such as “Aquí y Ahora” (Univisión), “Rincón Latino” (Telemundo) and in El Salvador on “Entrevista al Día” (Channel 12). She has presented Etiquette segments in the following TV programs: “Centroamerica Nuestra” channel, 44, 54 and 38, and “La Vida Latina” (Telecare, Long Island), “Las Comadres con Gloria B” (Telemund0), and “Viva la Vida” (TELEPAZ, Canal Sur, Miami, FL).

In her downtime, Mendoza-Cantos loves reading and home decorating, but especially loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys being involved in her daughter’s school activities and extracurricular activities as well.

Mendoza-Cantos firmly believes that one of the best gifts a parent can give to his/her child is to teach them good manners because good manners last a lifetime.


Leadership Certificate Program LogoAbout the Leadership Certificate Program

The Leadership Certificate Program is an interdepartmental initiative hosted by the Center for Career and Professional Development, the Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.

Its goal is to offer Adelphi undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills. Participants are able to attend workshops on a wide variety of topics during the course of the year. 

Requirements for Students

To participate in the Leadership Certificate Program, you must RSVP for a minimum of six events. Each student must complete the workshops within the academic year. Events are added throughout the year.

For further information, please contact:

Leadership Certificate Program
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