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Hostos Hosts TV Program That Aims to Stop Cyberbullying

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College was center stage on May 24 as Cablevision taped one of their “Power to Learn” educational programs in the Multi-purpose room in the Savoy Building.

The program was called, “Delete Cyberbullying” and featured a distinguished panel, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr., on air journalist from Estrella TV Enrique Gratas, Wapa TV news anchor Celimar Adames Casalduc, parent education reformer José González, Middle School 390 Principal Robert Mercedes, Vice President of External Affairs for the Hispanic Federation Frankie Miranda, Parent Association President Carlos Ruíz and panel expert, María Alvarez.

Alvarez said what made the program unique was that it was filmed completely in Spanish. She said that while many young people in the region are bilingual and receive information easier about serious topics like cyberbullying, some of their parents do not.

“This is a wonderful way to educate an older segment of the population in their language so they get the message first- hand and not delivered or translated,” Alvarez said.

Cablevision VP for Education, Trent Anderson, said it was the first “Power to Learn” program done in Spanish and agreed that getting the message directly to the Hispanic community was an important aspect of the initiative.

The live audience at the town hall meeting focused on topics which included, signs and effects of cyberbullying, how to block or limit its impact, the parents’ role, and a segment on the potential fatal consequences of cyberbullying.

Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez made an appearance and spoke with President Díaz about hosting the important event and the growing concern over cyberbullying.

Before the program started, 10-year-old Bronx resident Veronica Terrón captivated the audience when she told President Díaz that she and her sister had both been the victims of cyber-and traditional bullying.

Veronica said she gained strength and perspective from her mother, family and friends that helped her deal with the problem in a constructive way.

Veronica’s mother, Monica, attended the event with her daughter to get more information about the problem. Ironically, Monica said her other daughter, Johanna - a Hostos Community College student - could not attend because she was busy at home working on a paper on the same topic.

The entire event was taped and will be available on News 12 en Español VOD Channel 613.

To learn more about the “Power to Learn” program, go to: http://www.powertolearn.com/index.shtml

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513


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