Monday, October 31, 2011 (Bronx, NY) – On October 19, 2011, Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, welcomed two distinguished visitors to the Hostos campus: the Honorable Raul Yzaguirre, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Mr. Cid Wilson, who was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission. At the meeting, the discussion centered on the college's academic offerings, demographics, and longstanding collaborations and partnerships with NYC’s Dominican community and institutions in the Dominican Republic. President Matos Rodríguez described the impact that increased Dominican student enrollment has had on Hostos and emphasized the importance of maintaining the college’s teacher-training and study-abroad programs in the Dominican Republic. Ambassador Yzaguirre concurred, affirming his continuing support for these academic exchanges.
At the conclusion of the meeting, President Matos Rodríguez said: “We greatly appreciate Ambassador Yzaguirre’s strong support of our initiatives; I look forward to continuing our collaboration with him as we increase our study abroad opportunities in Dominican Republic.” Thanking the Ambassador for visiting Hostos, he stated that in addition to looking forward to working with him on the projects they had discussed, he hopes that on a subsequent visit the Ambassador will get to know our students and faculty.
About Ambassador Raúl Yzaguirre
U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
U.S. Department of State
Raúl Yzaguirre is one of the most widely recognized leaders in the Hispanic community. His involvement in many of the most critical legislative and public policy issues of the past three decades has made him a key national player on behalf of Hispanic Americans. From 1974 to 2004, he served as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic constituency-based organization in the U.S. and the leading Hispanic think tank in Washington, DC. Under his leadership, NCLR emerged as the most influential and respected Hispanic organization in the country. In its review of the influence of Latino advocates in Washington, Hispanic Business magazine concluded that NCLR is, “by all accounts the most effective Hispanic organization.” On September 29, 2009, the United States Senate confirmed Yzaguirre’s nomination as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Yzaguirre is a past chairperson of the Independent Sector, a nonprofit coalition of over 600 corporate, foundation, and voluntary organizations. He serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations including Sears, Roebuck and Co., Educate, Inc., United Way of America, and AARP Services, Inc., and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the first Hispanic to serve on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the chairperson of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and he also served on the Visiting Committee for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In a 1992 profile, Hispanic magazine described him as being “at the center of the Hispanic leadership stage.” A frequent commentator on Latino issues, he has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, The Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The National Journal.
About Cid Wilson
Cid Wilson sits on the board of the Dominican American Roundtable and is immediate past president of the organization, a national forum for analysis, planning, and action to advance the educational, economic, legal, social, cultural, and political interests of Dominican Americans. He is also Director of Equity Research for Kevin Dann & Partners LLC in New York City, founding board member of Dominicans On Wall Street (DOWS), Trustee For Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ, member of the Property Tax Policy Group for NJ Governor Jon Corzine, board member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF), and a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for PepsiCo, Inc. In May 2006, when Forbes announced its ranking of the Best Wall Street Analysts in America, it ranked Cid Wilson #1 in America in the category of "Specialty Retailing Analysts" based on his leadership in forecast company earnings. In 1997, Cid Wilson was among the co-founders of Dominicans On Wall Street (DOWS) which is an organization that inspires Dominicans and Latinos to defy the odds and reach for their dreams in terms of executive careers at Wall Street financial service firms.
Mr. Wilson has been in the media numerous times. In February 2004, Cid Wilson made the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine, which is the largest magazine in the United States that targets millions of people of color in the business world. He has been on NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business News, Bloomberg Radio AM 1130, Hispanic Magazine, Hispanic Business Magazine, Hispanic Trends Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Post, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, Forbes.com and many more.
Cid Wilson is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he was President of the Latino Student Union. A life-long resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, h currently resides in Leonia. His parents came to the U.S. as immigrants from Barahona, Dominican Republic, and his father, Dr. James A. Wilson, opened one of the earliest Dominican medical practices in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.
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 nearly 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 spring 2011 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 12,000 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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