Office of the President

Office of the President


January 27, 2017

To the Hostos Family:

Welcome to the spring 2017 semester!
David Gómez, PresidentThe coming months will witness the end of winter. The always-astonishing transformation from cold and gray to green and sunny will once again take place.  Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal – and hope.  Hope is the quality that unites us:  hope for a better life and a better world through education.
Looking back on 2016, I can sincerely say that I have never been prouder of the work we have done together.  That goes for our students, faculty, staff, as well as the community that continues to grow alongside our campus.
We have much to celebrate.  As reported in The New York Times, a recent study provided “the most comprehensive look at how well or how poorly colleges have built an economically diverse student body… Researchers developed a new statistic they call a college’s mobility rate, which combines a college’s share of students from lower-income families with its success at propelling them into the upper part of the distribution.” Hostos Community College placed in the nation’s Top 50 Colleges with the greatest intergenerational mobility rate.  In addition, Hostos is the #1 Community College in the CUNY system for advancing intergenerational social mobility.
The message is clear:  our students succeed.  I applaud their efforts in the classroom, on the field of athletics (Jonathan Loria set a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) record with 16 three-pointers in the Caimans' 125-84 victory over Duchess Community College on January 12), and in the world beyond the campus.
Our mission is to provide quality and affordable higher education opportunities for all who seek them.  We are more committed than ever to a completion agenda that will see record numbers of Hostos students realize their dreams with a well-earned degree.  This will be accomplished through various efforts and supported through services like our enhanced Student Success Coaching Unit (SSCU, located at B-208) that works one-on-one with students to guide them throughout their time at Hostos both on and off campus.  Coaches will help students not only graduate faster, but aid them with college transfers and career options.  Our Single Stop USA Resource Center offers free services to ensure each student has the tools to thrive.  Free services include food stamps, financial planning, transportation assistance, tax preparation, legal advice, and more.
Increasing the number of students who remain on campus until they graduate is a goal we all must embrace.  This completion agenda, as well as all of our accomplishments and milestones, stems from a collective commitment to provide students and residents in and around the South Bronx with the best programs and resources available.  Hostos has been doing this work for close to half a century.  In fact, this semester will mark the launch of the College’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration.  This will be a time to recognize Hostos’ glorious past and its promising future, and I hope you will participate in the festivities.
To those of you who are joining us for the first time – welcome! I hope your studies here will provide you with the knowledge and training you’ll need to achieve your dreams.  To returning students – welcome back! You’ve experienced the richness of what the institution has to offer, and you know that Hostos is dedicated to fostering your intellectual, social and economic growth.
No matter where you are in the process – whether this is your first day of class or your last semester – the faculty and staff are dedicated to your success.  I wish you all the best.  Keep dreaming.  Keep achieving.  You are Hostos.

Welcome back.
David Gómez, Interim President
David Gómez, Ed.D.