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Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans: Washington D.C. Diaspora Summit

Carlos Vargas-Ramos

NEW YORK, November 11, 2019 — Centro: The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College of the City University of New York), along with the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Friends of Puerto Rico, will host Puerto Rico Puerto Ricans Washington D.C. Diaspora Summit 2019 this Saturday, November 16 at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
This Washington DC Summit will center on the efforts in the Puerto Rican diaspora and on the island to rebuild Puerto Rico in the context of the second anniversary of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the persistent economic disaster and the unfolding political crisis affecting the Commonwealth, with an impending debt restructuring and austerity measures, and a public health-threatening Medicaid cliff. Part of Centro’s Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans series, the Washington DC Diaspora Summit 2019 will feature 25 panelists who will engage summit attendees in areas such as resilience strategies for energy production and distribution; debt crisis management, austerity and PROMESA; corruption, accountability and good governance; and thematic panels on health, youth and local organizing.

Among the panelists is Noel Zamot, president, Atabey Group LLC, (Tampa, Fl), who also served as the revitalization coordinator for the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico, who will be addressing issues of corruption, transparency and good government. Addressing the audience as keynote speaker will be Jay Fonseca, a Puerto Rico-based journalist, attorney, political analyst and critic, and good-governance advocate, who enjoys a large following.

The Washington DC Diaspora Summit 2019 is co-sponsored by Tertulias por la Patria, Puerto Rican Women’s Council, the National Puerto Rican Agenda, and Café Ama. Centro convenes this summit in keeping with its institutional mission to, among other things, link scholarly inquiry to social action and policy debates.

Reservation is free, make sure to secure your spot today by heading to our RSVP page here.