“The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need To Know”

On Thursday, February 6, The Center for Bronx Non-Bronx Profits (CBNP) at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College and the Jewish Community Relations Council will host a public forum on The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know.” The goal of this activity is to provide an opportunity for community leaders and public officials to engage in an open discussion about the potential impact of these changes in New York City.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr., will be keynote speaker; Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, will also participate.

The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know is part of an ongoing series of discussions CBNP is sponsoring as part of its mission. Previous discussions have included “What Your Community Needs to Know about Healthcare Reform” and “Navigating the Fiscal Crisis.”

The forum will be held in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Savoy Building at 120 East 149th Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Guest panelists for The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know include the following: Gary Axelbank, BronxTalk and Monroe College; Ronnie Lowenstein, NYC Independent Budget Office; Ester Fuchs, Columbia University; Vanessa Leung, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; Stu Loeser, Stu Loeser & Co.; Patrick Jenkins, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates; Paul Lipson, Barretto Bay Strategies; and Ninfa Segarra, Tonio Burgos & Associates.

The Center for Bronx Non-Profits (CBNP) is a convening, training, and resource-sharing initiative that supports local community leaders and strengthens the capacity of non-profit, faith-based, and community-based organizations serving the Bronx.  Its programs focus on building its collaborators’ technical skills as well as helping them to identify opportunities, share resources, and address challenges confronting their organizations. The Center’s initiatives promote interdisciplinary approaches and can be adapted to meet particular needs.

Through its various programs, CBNP creates opportunities for Bronx community leaders to engage in leadership development activities, partnership building, the creation of new networks, and the expansion of existing ones.  By providing a space for programs and exchanges to take place, the CBNP seeks to encourage new financial investment in the Bronx from both public and private sectors, as well as to aid in the development of shared resources for Bronx non-profits and their leaders, including knowledge, information and best practices.  These initiatives showcase the Bronx and increase awareness of the accomplishments of its non-profit sector throughout New York City and the region.

Since 2002, Hostos Community College’s Division for Continuing Education Workforce Development has partnered with CAUSE-NY, the inter-group relations division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY (JCRC-NY), to transform this vision into reality. 

For more information, contact:
Eileen Newman: enewman@hostos.cuny.edu – by phone: 718-518-6605,
Simona Caplan: caplans@jcrcny.org – by phone:  212-983-4800 ext.122.

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 since 1968. It serves as 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. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s 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 The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.