Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – February 27 was a day of Dominican cultural heritage celebration for Hostos Community College.
Early in the morning, ¡Despierta América!, a popular morning TV show on Univision, descended on Hostos to broadcast live the College’s proud celebration of Dominican Republic Independence Day. The two live segments featured Hostos as a place where Dominican heritage thrives and where Dominican cultural traditions are kept alive. During the live celebration, students faculty and staff where joined by several prominent community members including: New York City Council Chair of the Higher Education Committee, the Honorable Ydanis Rodríguez; Dominican Adjunct Professor at John Jay College/CUNY and Assessment Director at York College, Hostos Alumna Dr. Fénix Arias; renown Dominican artisan, writer and performer and promoter of Dominican carnival folk dances and music, Isaías Amaro; artisans Mercedes Polanco and Melania García; and dancers Ricardo Ureña and Marlin Rodríguez.
At noon, the celebration continued with an event hosted by the Alumni Relations Office at the College’s Building A atrium which included a scholarship award ceremony, music, dancing and a special photography exhibit. The scholarship, which was made possible by the generosity of the Diversity Foundation and Healthfirst, was awarded to Hostos student Rosa María Castro. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the independence of my country than by winning and receiving a scholarship on this date,” Castro said. “I am so proud and feel inspired to move forward with my education.”
Dominican bachata music was celebrated with a performance by La Banda Twin, featuring Hostos students German and David Santos and Natalie Vásquez. “Los AfroAmericanos de Samana,” a photography exhibition coordinated by Wallace Edgecombe, director of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, featured artists Elaine Eversley and Marino A. Corniel, class of 1995.
“It is an honor to be here representing Hostos College President Félix Matos Rodríguez and the Dominican community at Hostos,” said Dolly Martínez, deputy to the president and assistant vice president for college affairs. “While we are here commemorating Dominican Independence Day, we value all of our students no matter where they come from. The richness of culture found at Hostos sets us apart and makes Hostos unique.”
The celebration included presentations from event sponsors Debra Martínez, executive director of the Diversity Foundation, and George Hulse, vice president of community affairs at Healthfirst.
Additional sponsors of the Dominican Republic Independence Day celebration included The President’s Office, Alumni Relations Office, Division for Institutional Advancement, Division for Student Development and Enrollment Management, Student Government and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968. Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves over 7,000 students. 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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department 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 fall 2011 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 11,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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