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Research Florida Summit Program

Summit Program
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8:00 a.m.          Registration

8:40 a.m.          Welcoming Remarks

Thad Seymour, Jr., Interim President at University of Central Florida (UCF)

Elizabeth Dooley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, UCF

Michael Johnson, Dean of the College of Sciences, College of Sciences, UCF

9:00 a.m.          Introductory Remarks

Edwin Melendez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Professor of Urban policy and Planning, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Fernando I. Rivera, Director, Puerto Rico Research Hub & Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, UCF

10:00 a.m.        Plenary: Puerto Ricans in Florida

Eduardo A. Gamarra, Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University

Johanna López, School Board Member, Orange County School Board, Orlando, FL

Anthony Suárez, Immediate Past President, Puerto Rican Bar Association of Orlando, FL

Moderator: Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History, College of Arts & Humanities, UCF

11:15 a.m.        Break

11:30 a.m.        Concurrent Panels

                        Migration to Central Florida- Room A

Yanidsi Velez-Bonet, Florida Senior State Director, Hispanic Federation

Jennifer Hinojosa, Research Associate & Data Center Coordinator, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY

Alessandra Rosa, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida

Moderator:  Jeffery J. Hayward, President & CEO, Heart of Florida United Way, Orlando

                        Disaster Response and Recovery - Room B

Manuel Soto, Emergency Manager, City of Orlando Office of Emergency Management (OEM), FL

Christopher Emrich, Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration, & founding member of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research, UCF 

Martha Kohen, Director, Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism, University of Florida

Moderator:  Luis E. Santiago, Associate professor & Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, College of Community Innovation and Education, UCF

                        Health - Room C

Howard Rodriguez-Mori, Assistant Professor, College of Communication & Information, Florida State University

Josephine Mercado, Founder & Executive Director, Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc., FL

Eida M. Castro-Figueroa, Associate Professor, Ponce Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, PR

Moderator:  Marucci Guzmán, Executive Director, Latino Leadership, FL

12:45 p.m.        Lunch

1:45 p.m.          Concurrent Panels

                        Economic Opportunity - Room A

José Luis Rivera Villamañan, Orlando Area President, Florida Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce

Gaby Ortigoni, President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, FL

Katia Medina, Senior Business Development Consultant, Central Florida, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Inc. Prospera

Moderator:  Margie E. Viera, Puerto Rico Business Harbor

                        Academic Research after Maria - Room B

Vanessa M. Perez, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Queens College, CUNY

Ramón Borges-Méndez, Associate Professor, Community Development & Planning Program, International Development, Community & Environment Dept., Clark University, MA

Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, Assistant Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah    

Moderator: Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Director of Public Policy, Development, Media and External Relations,
Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY

                        Civic Sector Engagement in Recovery - Room C

Rev. Heriberto Martinez, Director, Sociedad Bíblica de Puerto Rico

José Israel Cruz, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar, American University

Luisa R. Seijo Maldonado, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, PR

Moderator: Melina Olmo, Consultant, Economic Development

3:00 p.m.          Break

3:30 p.m.          Closing Plenary:  Where do we go from here? Reports from breakout sessions

5:15 p.m.          Reception: Puerto Rico Research Hub, 12815 Scholarship Drive, Barbara Ying Center Building (#71), University of Central Florida