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The Center for Puerto Rican Studies will mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation upon the island by hosting Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans Diaspora Summit 2019: Two Years After Hurricane Maria. The purpose of the summit is to convene a broad spectrum of the Puerto Rican community across the United States and engage in discussions regarding the rebuilding of Puerto Rico from...
An Intro to Puerto Rican Studies course will be taught at the Lorain County Community College, located in Northeastern Ohio. It will be taught by Centro's own Dr. Raquel Ortiz. Classes begin October 2nd, run for 10 weeks and there’s the option of a web blend class that meets on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. or a class that 100 percent online. The course will focus on the “racial, historical...
T​he Center for Puerto Rican Studies hosted several student interns this past summer as part of the CUNY EDGE program. The program provides students with a wide range of services and benefits to achieve academic excellence and ultimately graduate on time. Collaborating with different offices within the City University of New York, CUNY EDGE students are given work opportunities in order to...
On Tuesday, June 10, the 2019 Summit on Latin@s in New York City was held. The third annual event, which aims to create a working agenda to drive policy change for the 2.5 million Latinos living in the city, took place at Lehman College this year. Panelists and attendees included a diverse array of Latino community stakeholders, including elected officials such as Bronx Borough President Ruben...
The National Puerto Rican Student Encuentro was an iniagural four-day conference that took place in New York City during the first week of June. “The Encuentro was a huge success thanks to Centro staff and the students who helped with the organizing,” said Centro Director Edwin Melendez. “This is the kind of collaboration that will help build for a very bright future. These students now have the...
Editor's Note: The following text was read aloud during a retirement party held on May 30 in El Barrio for Centro reference librarian Félix A. Rivera. Félix A. Rivera (pictured above in the center, behind the Yankee-themed cake) has dedicated almost 40 years to the Centro Library and Archives. Born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His family was part of a Great Puerto...
Editor's note: Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed under the Freedom of Information Act that seeks to compel the U.S. Department of Treasury to promptly comply with a pending request for documents related to a broader civic effort to dispel the lack of transparency surrounding the appointment, operations, and mandate of the federally-appointed Financial Control and Oversight Board (FOMB)...
Editor's note: On February 15, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies held its first meeting of the RebuildPR "Research Group" initiative, the purpose of which is to create an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on the different areas of recovery in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane María. Centro invited more than 70 researchers from various disciplines with more than 35 researchers attending in...
This June, Puerto Rican student leaders from universities around the United States and in Puerto Rico will participate in a 4-day National Youth Leader “Encuentro” to be hosted by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies-Centro at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City and the National Puerto Rican Student Coalition (NPRSC) in collaboration with Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA), as well as...
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) held their annual Congreso this past Memorial Day Weekend in Boston, MA. This year, the event brought together scholars of the discipline under the theme of Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion , which was inspired by Cuban independence leader José Martí's famous essay published in 1891. For those who could not attend in person, the LASA 19 program...