The organizers of the 2017 Dominican Day Parade couldn’t have asked for better weather on August 13 – the sky was clear and sunny, flags were flying, and spirits were soaring. This annual celebration of Dominican culture, music, folklore, dancing and cuisine also honors a number of elected officials, civic leaders, artists, and educators for their contributions to the community.

 This year, Hostos Associate Dean Ana GarcÍa Reyes received the Ambassador for Higher Education Award. Garcia Reyes marched in the parade, which runs from 38th Street to 52nd Street along the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.

 Hostos has long-standing ties to the Dominican Republic. Eugenio María de Hostos, whose name our institution bears, spent many years in Santo Domingo, where he opened schools, developed his educational theories, and raised a family. He is buried there. Students of Dominican origin account for approximately 18 percent of our enrollment, making them the most numerous branch of the Hostos family.

 Congratulations to Associate Dean Garcia Reyes!

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.