Lourdes Rovira, Ed.D., assistant director of the Latin American Institute for Educational Leadership (ILALE) and a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, was recently honored by the government of Spain for her work on behalf of Spanish-language education and for strengthening the bonds of cooperation between Spain and the United States.
Rovira was awarded with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. The ceremony took place in Coral Gables, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the Spanish Consul in Miami presenting this prestigious medal.
The Order of Isabella the Catholic (Orden de Isabel la Católica) is a Spanish civil order granted in recognition of services that benefit the country.
The Order was created on March 14, 1815 by King Ferdinand VII of Spain in honor of Queen Isabella I of Castile with the name of “Royal and American Order of Isabella the Catholic” with the intent of “rewarding the firm allegiance to Spain and the merits of Spanish citizens and foreigners in good standing with the Nation and exceptional services provided in pursuit of territories in America and overseas.”
The Order was reorganized by royal decree on July 26, 1847, as the modern “Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic” with a broader focus than the Americas. The King of Spain (currently Juan Carlos I) is Grand Master of the Order. The Chancellor of the Order is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. All deeds granting decorations of the Order must bear the signatures of both.