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Dr. Moise Koffi and Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) at the National Humanities Alliance Humanities Advocacy Day Conference held in Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 29, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College professor Dr. Moise Koffi was a guest speaker at the National Humanities Alliance “Humanities Advocacy Day Conference” in Washington, D.C. on March 17 and March 18.

At Hostos, Dr. Koffi directs the “Proyecto Access STEP Program,” which keeps underrepresented and economically disadvantaged secondary school students involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The program is part of the Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Hostos. The Proyecto Access STEP summer session will begin in July.

Joined by keynote speakers Senator Richard Durbin (IL) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) at the conference, Dr. Koffi discussed the Clemente Program in the Humanities, a nationwide educational opportunity for minorities.

Because of his role in Proyecto Access, Dr. Koffi was recognized by the National Humanity Alliance (NHA) as one of the most successful alumni of the Bard Clemente Program in the Humanities, which he completed in May 2000.


Hostos Students and Staff Participate in National Education Conferences

Dr. Koffi was also proud to announce that middle and high school students who attended last year’s educational STEM training, as well as college students who participated in CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program), recently returned from two important conferences - the STEP 15th Annual Statewide Conference and the 21st Annual Statewide CSTEP Student Conference - at which their academic accomplishments were recognized.

The STEP 15th Annual Statewide Conference was held in Albany from March 8 to March 10. Six secondary school students from Hostos’ Proyecto Access STEP Program shared research posters and participated in workshops, a college fair, an awards ceremony, and many other educational activities. They were accompanied by five Hostos staff members who also participated in career training sessions.

A total of 385 secondary school students and 227 administrators from several educational institutions in New York State participated in the conference.

“The statewide student conference provides an excellent exposure of our institution and its students within the State of New York,” Dr. Koffi said. “It is not only a great platform that fosters learning and provides career awareness, but also an excellent networking opportunity for students who are preparing to transfer to other institutions after graduating from Hostos.”

Hostos assistant professor Dr. Damaris-Lois Yamoah Lang and administrative assistant José Mercado also joined Dr. Koffi at the 21st Annual Statewide CSTEP Student Conference, which was held at the Sagamore on Lake George in Bolton Landing from April 12 to April 14. This event was sponsored by the New York State Education Department and Syracuse University and featured Hostos students Hodo Hassan and Ugochukwu Okworogwo.

Hassan presented her research on “Comparative Analysis of Different Components in Various Milks” and Ugochukwu shared his research on the “Changes in Response to Odors During the Reproductive Period in Male and Female Prairie Voles.”

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

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872, 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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