President David GomezWelcome to the Fall 2019 semester at Hostos Community College! Malcolm X once observed: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” For over 50 years, Hostos has been assisting students in preparing for tomorrow by offering quality, affordable education today. Whether this is your first day of class or the start of your last semester, you are truly welcome at Hostos.
 
You enter through our doors at a propitious time. Students past and present, as well as faculty members, have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields both here and abroad. Recent accomplishments include:
 
  • For the fifth year in a row, Hostos broke its graduation record – 1,375 graduates received diplomas at this year’s commencement ceremony. It was a true pleasure to see so many students reach that milestone moment.
  • Earlier this year, Hostos was ranked the best community college in New York State by Stacker, a data-driven media company. Stacker’s list utilized statistics that use data-set analysis and reviews to help people research U.S. colleges, neighborhoods, companies, and more.
  • Recent Hostos graduate Thalia López spent the summer as an intern at the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was her second trip to Edinburgh; in summer 2018 López served as the stage manager for Hostos’ production of the play “Gender of Attraction at the Festival. (This marked Hostos’ second appearance at the Fringe, the first occurring in 2013).
  • Another recent graduate is standout Caiman point guard Nakeem Hamilton, who will play for Division II Mercy College on a full basketball scholarship. Hamilton graduated in Spring 2019 with an associate degree in liberal arts and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management.
  • In June, Hostos launched the first CUNY Spanish-Language Creative Writing Summer Program.  Hostos’ Latin American Writers Institute (LAWI), led by Hostos assistant professor Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla, collaborated with “Enclave: revista de creación literaria en Español” and the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences to offer a series of workshops to all city students and creative writers free of charge.
  • In April, The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Hostos a $999,400 grant for scholarships in STEM. The “Hostos Engineering Academic Talent” (HEAT) Scholarship Program is designed to support the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income Hostos students with demonstrated financial need.
     
From science to literature, from sports to theater, Hostos excels! There is much to be proud of here. Keep me posted on your Hostos experience, and let me know of your achievements. I wish you all the best for the semester – and the school year – ahead.
 
Sincerely,
David Gómez, President