Office of the President

Office of the President

SPRING 2020 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


Welcome to the spring 2020 semester!

David Gómez, PresidentDon’t let the recent snow fall and chilly gray skies fool you; just as the earth is preparing to blossom again, we also look to warmer weather for hope and renewal. Hope is the quality that unites all of us at Hostos: hope for a better life and a better world through education.

We draw our inspiration from the life and work of the fabled Puerto Rican educator and activist Eugenio María de Hostos. January 11 marked the 181st anniversary of his birth. Ever since the founding of the College in 1968, we have striven to educate and empower – just as Don Eugenio fought for education and self-empowerment throughout his life.

Good things have been happening at Hostos. Looking back over the last couple of months, a short list of institutional and individual achievement would include the following.

Hostos will participate, along with Borough of Manhattan Community College and Guttman Community College, in the CUNY Humanities Alliance. The Alliance is a program designed to engage doctoral students in supporting humanities education at community colleges; expansion was made possible by a second $3.15 million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

The Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) at Hostos Community College received a $500,000 award from the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in collaboration with the Food and Beverage Industry Partnership to run First Course NYC.

Professor Linda Anderson is one of three authors and clinical psychologists whose book, “Silent Agreements:  How Unspoken Expectations Ruin Our Relationships,” was released internationally by Crown Publishing Group.

Hostos student Brittany Lanzano was chosen as a 2019-2020 Vanguard Award finalist. The Vanguard Awards recognize outstanding post-secondary level students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs aimed at preparing them for careers that are nontraditional for their gender.

In the midst of such deserved good fortune and bounty, it is only right that we remember those who are not as fortunate as we. One cannot think of Don Eugenio María de Hostos without thinking of his brave and embattled homeland, Puerto Rico, which has sustained massive damage from a sequence of natural disasters over the last several years. In collaboration with our community partners, we have developed Hostos Helping, an on-line guide to legitimate charities, volunteer organizations, and activities that will bring sorely needed relief to those suffering in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. If you would like to see what you can do to help, please go to: https://www.hostos.cuny.edu/hostoshelping.

As a Hostos student, you are part of an engaged and vibrant community, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the campus. No matter where you are in your educational journey – whether this is your first day of class or your last semester – the faculty and staff are here to help you to do your best and realize your dreams.

Sincerely,

David Gómez, President
David Gómez, Ed.D.
President