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Diaspora Summit III Program - Understanding

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am      Registration

 

9:00 am - 9:20 am      Welcoming Remarks

 

9:20 am - 10:00 am      Introductory Remarks

Master of Ceremony: Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Director for Public Policy, Development, Media and External Relations, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Presenter: Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

 

10:00 am - 11:10 am      Plenary Panel A: Post Maria Impact on Stateside Communities

Moderator: Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias Inc.

Marucci Guzman, Executive Director, Latino Leadership (Orlando,

Angélica Infante-Green, Deputy Commissioner, P-12 Instructional Support, New York State Education Department Board of Regents (Albany, NY)

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

 

11:10 a.m. - 12:20 pm      Coffee break

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Concurrent Panels

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Policy

Moderator: Rosanna Torres, Legislative Director, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, D-NY (Washington, DC)

Jennice Fuentes, Founder and CEO, BoricuActivatEd, (Washington, DC) -

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network (Washington, DC) -

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Public Policy and Communications Strategist, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (Washington, DC)

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Parades and Festivals

Moderator: Louis Maldonado, Chair, National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. (New York, NY)

Juan Gonzalez, President, Parada San Juan Bautista, Inc. (Camden, NJ)

Tomas Javier Rivera, President, San Se (Orlando, FL)

Lucila Santana, Vice-Chair, Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee Chairwoman `(Springfield, MA)

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Technological Innovation and Economic Development

Moderator: José Luis Rodríguez, CEO Campo Rico Group, Inc, CRG Communications (NY, PR)

Ramphis Castro, Co-Founder, ScienceVest (New York, NY)

Camille Collazo, Executive Director, Visit Rico and Co-organizer Regrow Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR)

Dyanis De Jesús, Co-Founder, Creatives Mean Business (New York, NY)

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Education

Moderator: Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President and CEO, Aspira  Association (Washington, DC)

Carmen Díaz-Malvido, Chief Executive Officer, ASPIRA of New York, Inc. (New York, NY)

Johanna López, Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year (Orlando, FL)

Margaret Rivera, Founding Board Member and Chair, Development and Programs Committees, Aspira of Delaware Inc. (Newark, DE)

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 pm      Faith Based

Moderator: Jonathan Soto, Associate VP of Strategic Initiatives, Union Theological Seminary (New York, NY)

Rev. Eric Cruz, Pastor, St. John Chrysostom and Catholic Charities Bronx Regional Coordinator (Bronx, NY)

Rev. Roberto Lugo, Association of Puerto Ricans in March (Philadelphia, PA)

Rev. William Rosa, Jr., Founder, Help Save Puerto Rico Initiative (New York, NY)

Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker, Senior Minister, Fort Washington Collegiate Church (New York, NY)

 

12:30 a.m. - 1:20 pm      Lunch

 

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 pm      Gathering with Elected Officials

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Concurrent Panels

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Engaging Elected Officials - Room 217

Moderator: Joe Rodriguez, Deputy State Director, United States Senator

Richard Blumenthal D-CT (Hartford, CT)

Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo, Chair, Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, New York Ste Assembly (Albany, NY)

State Representative Rene "Coach P" Plasencia, Florida House of Representatives (Titusville, FL)

Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Philadelphia City Council (Philadelphia, PA)

Lydia J. Valencia, President and CEO, Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ)

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Arts and Arts Organizations - Room 220

Moderator: Libertad Guerra, Director, The Loisaida Center (New York, NY)

Margarita Espada, Executive Director, Teatro Yerbabruja Arts Center (Long Island, NY)

Oscar Meléndez Colón, Business Developer (San Juan, PR)

Adrián "Viajero" Román, Visual Artist and Co-founder, Defend Puerto Rico (Brooklyn, NY)

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Diaspora Solidarity

Moderator: Frances Colón, Board Member, Grupo Guayacán Inc (Miami, FL)

AnaMar Carrión-Silva, Development Director, Para la Naturaleza, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico (San Juan, NY)

Dennis Rivera, Chair, Service Employees International Union-Healthcare (New York, NY)

Nancy Santiago Negrón, Vice President, Hispanics in Philanthropy (Oakland, CA)

Jorge P. Silva-Puras, Co-Founder PRxPR.org (San Juan, PR)

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Social and Mainstream Media Makers

Moderator: Federico Subervi, Visiting Leverhulme Professor School of Media and Communication University of Leed, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Kent, OH)

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Professor, Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)

Sandra Rodriguez Cotto, Author, Public Relations Practitioner, Blogger, Radio Show Host at Red Informativa, Columnist at Noticel and All-Digitocracy,  Joy PR Inc., (Guaynabo, PR)

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 pm      Women/National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW)

Moderator: Michelle Centeno, President, NACOPRW National (New York, NY)

Amaris Hernandez, President, NACOPRW Philadelphia Chapter (Philadelphia, PA)

Melina Olmo President NACOPRW DC Chapter (Washington, DC)

Zenaida Rodriguez, President NACOPRW New York Chapter (Bronx, NY)

 

2:50 p.m. - 4:00 pm      Plenary Panel B: Rebuild Puerto Rico

Moderator: Brenda Torres Barreto, Executive Director, San Juan Bay National Estuary Program (San Juan, PR)

Manuel Bermúdez AIA PHK, Principal, Manuel Bermúdez Arquitecto, CSP (San Juan, PR)

Thomas Forester, Managing Partner, CRB Caribe Engineers and Architects (San Juan PR)

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

 

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 pm      Coffee Break

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      Concurrent Panels: Engagement

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      Towards a National Puerto Rican Advocacy Coalition

Moderator: Jason Ortiz, President and Chair of the Board, CT Puerto Rican Agenda (Bridgeport, CT)

Greg Batista, President, Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida (Davie, FL)

Jaime Farrant, Board Member, National Puerto Rican Agenda (Washington, DC)

Will Gonzalez, Esq., Executive Director, Ceiba (Philadelphia, PA)

Maria Roman, Co-founder, National Puerto Rican Agenda (New York, NY)

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      Food Systems, Development, and Sustainability

Moderator:Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, Clark University (Worcester, MA)

Guillermo Ortiz-Colón,Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Specialist, University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez, PR)

William Suarez-Gomez, PH.D., Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, United Kingdom (Hackensack, NJ)

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

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      New York Diaspora Response

Moderator: Julissa Gonzalez Santiago, Director of Constituent Services

NYC Public Advocate Hon. Letitia “Tish” James (New York, NY)

Víctor Martínez, Policy Analyst and Cofounder, Diáspora for Puerto Rico, Inc (Bronx, NY)

Wanda Márquez, Director of Social Services, El Nuevo San Juan Health Center (New York, NY)

Lilah Mejía, Coordinator Evacuee Services, New York Disaster Interfaith Services-NYDIS (New York, NY)

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      Project Data Mapping

Moderator: Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)

Caridad Arroyo Quijano, Data Manager, Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, Kids Count Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR)

David J. Carrasquillo-Medrano, Presidente, Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Planificación,  (San Juan, PR)

Raúl  Figueroa Rodríguez, Demographer, Demografía Para Todos (San Juan, PR)

Jean Carlos Rivera Pabon, Business Intelligence Engineer, Executive Director and Co-founder at Diaspora For Puerto Rico, Inc. (New York, NY)

 

4:10 p.m. - 5:20 pm      Humanitarian Crisis - Room 330

Moderator: Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (New York, NY)

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

>Rev. Heriberto Martínez-Rivera, Coordinator, Coalición Por la Salud and the Ecumenical and Interfaith Coalition of Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR)

Roberto Vélez-Vélez, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, State University of NY (New Paltz, NY)

5:30 pm. – 6:30 pm      Reception

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