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Diaspora Summit 2019 Program Understanding

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

8:30 am          Registration

9:00 am          Welcome - Auditorium, Second Floor

  • President Jennifer Raab, President Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Carlos Vargas Ramos - Master of Ceremony, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College (CUNY)

 

9:30 am        State of Puerto Ricans

Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, (CUNY)

 

10:15 am      Plenary Chatgate - Los Indignados

Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto, Journalist and Author, Joy PR, Inc. (San Juan, PR)

Oscar J. Serrano, Editor-in-Chief, NotiCel (San Juan, PR)

Moderator: Yarimar Bonilla, Professor of Puerto Rican Studies and Anthropology, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center (New York, NY)

 
12:00 Noon      Concurrent Panels: Rebuild Puerto Rico

Social Entrepreneurship - Room 217

Rafael Torrech San Inocencio, Grants, Fundraising, and Disaster Management Consultant (Guaynabo, PR)

Pedro Morales Oquendo, Associate Vice President of Administration, P.E.C.E.S., Inc (Humacao, PR)

William Ortiz Negrón, Immediate Past President, Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, PR)

Moderator: Rev. Heriberto Martinez, Chair, IDEAComun (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

 
Business Development - Room 219

Laura Cantero, Executive Director, Grupo Guayacán (San Juan, PR)

Dyanis de Jesus, Design Strategist & Consultant, Puerto Rico Creativo (Brooklyn, NY)

Cristina Salazar Piñeiro, Business Development Specialist, Colmena66, Fideicomiso de Ciencia, Tecnología e Investigación (San Juan, PR)

Moderator: Ramphis Castro, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ScienceVest (New York, NY)

 
Education - Room 220         

Margarita Benítez, Executive Director, Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (Old San Juan, PR)

Lorna Rivera, Member, Boston School Committee, Boston Public Schools & Director, Gastón Institute, University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)

Johanna López, Representative, District 2, Orange County School Board (Orlando, FL)

Moderator: Ronald Blackburn Moreno, President & CEO, ASPIRA Association (Washington, DC)

 
Debt Crisis and Austerity - Room 327         

Martín Guzmán, Director, Columbia University Initiative for Policy Dialogue’s Program on Debt Restructuring(New York, NY)

Eduardo Conde, Founder of Tertulias Por La Patria & Financial Analyst (Washington, DC)

José Caraballo-Cueto, Associate Professor & Researcher, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Puerto Rico (Cayey, PR)

Moderator: Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Public Policy and Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)

 
1:15 pm        Lunch - Room 115

 
2:15 pm        Plenary: What's next after Chatgate? Corruption, Transparency, Accountability and Good Government           

Noel Zamot, President, Atabey Group LLC, (Tampa, FL)

Ana María García Blanco, Executive Director, Instituto Nueva Escuela (San Juan, PR)

Myrna Rivera, Founder & Senior Adviser, Consultiva Wealth Management, Corp. (San Juan, PR)

Moderator: Mario Marazzi, Economist and Data Scientist (San Juan, PR)

 
3:30 pm          Break

 
3:45 pm          Concurrent Panels: Diaspora Solidarity

 
Evacuees and Local Action - Room 219

Lydia J. Valencia, President & CEO, New Jersey Puerto Rican Congress, Inc. (Jackson, NJ)

Nilda Iris Ruiz, President & CEO, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)

Peter B. Gudaitis, Executive Director, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (New York, NY)

Moderator: Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias Inc., (Holyoke, MA)

           
Diaspora Solidarity and Civic Engagement - Room 217

Jorge Silva-Puras, Esq., Head, School of Professional Studies, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (San Juan, PR)

Irene Vilar Founder & President, Americas for Conservation + the Arts (Boulder, Colorado)

Angelique Sina, President of Board of Directors, Friends of Puerto Rico (DC & PR)

Moderator: Frances Colón, Founder, Cenadores Puerto Rico (Miami, Florida)

               
Housing and Community Development - Room 220

Ramón Borges-Méndez, Associate Professor, International Development, Community & Environment Dept., Clark University (Worcester, MA)

Elisa Sánchez, Community Manager, Centro de Apoyo Mutuo de Bartolo (Lares, PR)

Elizabeth Colón Rivera, Executive Director, Ponce Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. (Ponce, PR)

Moderator: Federico Del Monte Garrido, President, Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Planificación (San Juan, PR)

              
Political Crisis and Puerto Rico's Status Question - Room 327

Rafael Cox Alomar, Professor, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

Christina Duffy Ponsa-Kraus, George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History, Columbia Law School (New York, NY)

Efrén Rivera Ramos; Professor, School of Law, Universidad de Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras)

Moderator: Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Director, El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

 
5:00 pm          Reception - Room 115
 


DAY 2 - Engagement - Sep 21, 2019