Honorees from the NRHCC Honors program

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This year, the Hostos Honors program — led by Co-directors, Professor Cynthia Jones and Professor Ernest Ialongo, and Program Coordinator, Karina Castro — took nine members of the Hostos Community College Honors Program to the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference. Held from March 31 to April 3 in Cambridge, MA, the theme was Migration, and honors students from across the Northeast region examined that concept as they explored ways to encourage undergraduate honors learning.

Throughout the conference, students gave presentations ranging from “Immigrants in America” to “Re-envisioning School Curriculum in the U.S.” and other insightful topics, including “Gender and Migrations,” “Migrations of Race,” “Animals,” and “Globalization.” Each presentation consisted of a panel of three to four students that discussed their research.

Two Hostos students, Daequan Leslie and Feissal Traore, participated in the conference. Leslie presented a paper on “Biodiversity vs Globalization,” where he analyzed the concepts and their relations in order to find a balance between the two. He worked closely with Professor Ernest Ialongo throughout the semester to create a final paper and presentation for the conference sharing.

“I have to offer a special thank you to Dr. Ialongo,” Leslue said.  “He did more than just help me put my presentation together. When I was distraught and was going through a downward spiral, he installed confidence in me.”

Traore led a roundtable discussion on “The Impact of Technology and the Natural Sciences on Migration,” that he worked with Professor Nelson Nunez-Rodriguez to prepare. “My roundtable presentation went very smoothly and allowed a lot of people to join in on the discussion around my topic,” Traore said.

Both Presentations can be viewed on YouTube using the links below:
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.