The Center for Puerto Rican Studies will host the Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans Diaspora Summit 2019: Rebuild Puerto Rico - Two Years after Maria - Challenges and Opportunities, this Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in El Barrio.
Participants will hear about the state of Puerto Ricans in the United States and on the island, and discuss the political events of the past three months. They will explore the inspiring demonstrations holding corrupt government leaders accountable to the people of Puerto Rico, and look towards the future.
Friday’s plenaries will shape the breakout session dialogues. They will delve into the Chatgate texting scandal that lead to a political crisis, and sparked a social movement; and will also look at corruption, transparency, accountability and good governance moving forward.
The CHATGATE - LOS INDIGNADOS panel will count on the presence of journalists Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto of En Blanco y Negro con Sandra; and Oscar J. Serrano the Editor-in-Chief at NotiCel. They will talk about their roles in the releasing of the #Chatgate texts and the importance of journalism.
Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto is a journalist with decades of experience in the field of communication and journalism. She also works as a news and policy analyst, radio commentator, television producer, columnist and blogger. She conducts a syndicated radio program on a number of regional stations that make up the Puerto Rico Information Network. In addition, she is an analyst at WPAB Ponce and publishes a weekly column in the online newspaper, NotiCel.
Oscar J. Serrano is an investigative journalist with 20 years of experience. He has worked in radio, Internet, television and was part of the founding team of El Nuevo Día Interactivo, the Primera Hora newspaper, the Red 96 radio station, and the digital newspaper NotiCel. He focuses on public corruption and courts. Presently, he works as Content Director for NotiCel and as a professor in the Law School of the Universidad Interamericana. He is past president of the Asociación de Periodistas de Puerto Rico.
Moderating this conversation will be Yarimar Bonilla, coeditor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm; that provides an in-depth look at Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the preexisting crisis that conditioned this historic disaster. Yarimar is professor of Puerto Rican Studies and Anthropology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.