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The PR Status and Plebiscite

The Puerto Rico's Status and Plebiscite
Moderator: Charles Venator-Santiago, Professor, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Panelists:
Rafael Cox Alomar, Professor, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)
Martin Perez Esq., Founder, The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (Totowa, NJ)
Lydia Valencia, CEO, Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ)

Charles Venator-Santiago

Rafael Cox Alomar

Martin Perez Esq

Lydia Valencia

Charles R. Venator-Santiago, (Ph.D., Political Science, UMass-Amherst) is an assistant professor with a joint appointment to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies. He is currently Vice-President/President Elect of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA), and a Steering Committee/Board Member of the Latino & Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization. In addition, Professor Venator-Santiago is actively working with the Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission on several projects that focus on improving the quality of life of Latino/as in the state of Connecticut. More...


Professor Cox Alomar is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Cox Alomar practiced law in some of the most prestigious international law firms in Washington, D.C., acting on behalf of clients on a wide array of dispute resolution and transactional matters. More specifically, he has acted as counsel on eight international arbitrations before the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) representing, among others, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of the Philippines and Électricité de France. More...


Martin Perez Esq., founder and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ) and a Rutgers alumnus, took the oath of office Monday to become a member of the Rutgers Board of Governors.

Perez joins the board as a public member appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As a result of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which became effective July 1, the Board of Governors was expanded from 11 to 15 members. New Jersey’s governor now appoints eight board members. Rutgers’ Board of Trustees appoints the remainder. More...


Lydia Valencia