Hostos Student Leaders Isela Herrera and Joel Avendano along with Nathaniel Cruz, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) took part in the celebration for Dia de los Muertos at St. Mary’s Park held on Saturday, October 26th.

The event was sponsored by New York City Park’s and Coalition Mexicana and celebrated the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead with live music, traditional dance and a parade. Calaveras Literaris (poetry readings), community altars, art workshops and other celebratory artistic activities.

Students also had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the community and celebration with Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council; Fernando Cabrera, Council Member for the 14th District of the New York City Council; Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico to New York City; and Jairo Guzman, President of the Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment of Youth and Families, Inc.

During the day’s festivities Bronx 12 was in attendance and spoke with both Herrera and Avendano about the importance of the event to the community.

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 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.