Thursday, April 3, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – Eugenio María de Hostos Community College celebrated Dominican Heritage Month with a conference, "The Dominican Americans of the Diaspora." Held on February 28, 2013, the large-scale event featured a book presentation, lectures and roundtable discussions. The day-long educational and cultural conference was hosted by Associate Dean Ana García Reyes and Dolly Martínez, Assistant Vice President and Deputy to the President.
The first discussion, which was moderated by Associate Dean García Reyes and attorney Raysa Castillo, considered the role of women in state and city government. The panelists were Glenis Gómez, Chief of Staff for NYS Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa; Aneiry Batista, Chief of Staff and Nurys DeOleo from the Office of NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat; Lilliam Pérez, Senior Advisor and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman; Venecia Fernández, Bronx Borough Director for the Office of NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli; Elizabeth De León, Esq., Deputy Commissioner of the Neighborhood Development Division of NYC Department of Small Business Services; Monica Taveras, Chief of Staff of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Josiris Ureña, Director of Constituent Services and Press Secretary for NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera; and Wendy García, Director of Community Partnerships & Outreach for the Department of Youth & Community Development of New York City.
Another panel discussion about “Political Mobilization in the United States” was led by Hostos alumnus Fernando Aquino, who now serves as Press Secretary for NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Hostos alumna Dr. Fénix Arias, who is now York College’s Assessment Director and a faculty member at John Jay College, discussed her doctoral dissertation “Dominican-Americans in a Bulimic Society.” This presentation was moderated by Maria Cano, COPE Project Director at Hostos.
Business leader Quenia Abreu, President of the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the importance of internship opportunities for students in small businesses. Eliás Alcántara, Staff Assistant in the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, gave a presentation entitled “From CUNY to the White House” in which she spoke about scholarships and internship opportunities at the White House. Wilson Rosa, a financial advisor for MetLife, discussed opportunities for students in the private and corporate sector.
Also present at the conference was Ana Karina L. Edmonds Montilla, Ph.D., the Technology Transfer Coordinator from the U.S. Department of Energy, and Juan Guillen, President and CEO of the lifestyle magazine LatinTrends. Edmonds and Guillen shared their perspectives about entering the job marketing and understanding the power of media. The panel was moderated by Jason Libfeld, Coordinator of the Hostos Leadership Academy, and Idelsa Méndez from the Hostos Career Services Office.
Yesenia Acosta, Statistician Demographer of the Foreign-Born Population Branch/Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, reported on immigration trends as well as socioeconomic and educational policies that have an impact the Dominican-American diaspora in the United States. Ángela Fernández, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, also participated in the discussion moderated by Aldrin Bonilla, Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights.
In a literary module, Miguel Collado, author of La vision de Hostos sobre Duarte (The Vision of Hostos on Duarte) spoke about his work with poet and writer Diogenes Abreu.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant of Syracuse University. His presentation titled, “Dominican Blackness in the Modern World” was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Associate Dean García Reyes.
All the panelists were acknowledged for their participation and received citations from the Office of New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera and certificates from Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.
This event would not have been possible without the sponsorship of EmblemHealth and Johnny Cobos, EmblemHealth’s Market Segment Manager. The following individuals, organizations, members of the Hostos Community family are thanked for their support: The Division of Institutional Advancement; CUNY in the Heights, COPE Program, The Office of Communications, The Humanities Department-Professor Professor Carlos Sanabria, Professor Rosa Velázquez, Latin Trends Magazine, The Dominican Students Association, The Office of The President, The Office of Career Services, Marcia García Floral Arrangements, The Office of Alumni Relations; The Office of the Dean for Community Relations, and Castillo & Associates Law Firm.
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 Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu
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