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Leaders of the Puerto Rican Diaspora To Address Post-Maria Crisis at NYC Summit


For Immediate Release: April 27th, 2018

Contact: Rosa Cruz Cordero, Rc1941@hunter.cuny.edu

[New York, NY] More than seven months removed from the cataclysm that was Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and with hurricane season once again approaching, the Puerto Rican diaspora will come together for a timely and ongoing discussion of the many challenges facing the island and stateside communities.

On May 11-12, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College will host its third diaspora summit (and ninth event overall) as part of its Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans conference series. The upcoming summit is devoted to the theme Rebuild Puerto Rico. To benefit from the expertise of civic sector leaders from the island, over twenty speakers from Puerto Rico are participating in the various plenaries and panels. 

In attendance will also be a diverse group of panelists from around the 50 U.S. states, among them: elected officials, scholars, artists, community leaders, and policy experts [To see a full list of panelists, click here]. They will be joined by stakeholders across a wide spectrum of the public and private sector.

“One of the key roles of Centro has always been to bring people together. Of course everything changed with Hurricane Maria, but our commitment to the solidarity  movement among the diaspora that began with the first Diaspora Summit in 2016, with the debt crisis, that hasn’t changed. This year our goal is to support the rebuilding of  Puerto Rico through stronger ties between the civic sector in Puerto Rico and the diaspora solidarity movement,” says Centro Director, Dr. Edwin Meléndez.

As with past events in the Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican series, Diaspora Summit III will be held at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem, where the Centro Library & Archives are housed. It is free and open to the public. [To register, visit the Centro NationBuilder page]

Each day will feature several rounds of concurrent panel sessions—more than two dozen overall—on topics ranging from mental health to energy, housing and data mapping, technology, public policy, sustainability, the arts, and more.

There will also be an Action Fair on the second day of the conference. Various organizations (cultural, community-based, and nonprofit) have been invited to participate in this networking and community-building event. [For more information and/or to register your organization, click here].

Diaspora Summit III is also part of the broader Rebuild Puerto Rico initiative launched by Centro in the days after Hurricane Maria. As a result, a follow up event, Resiliencia y Solidaridad: Encuentro con la Diáspora Conference, is scheduled for June 15 in San Juan, at La Escuela Graduada de Planificación Universidad de Puerto Rico


About Hunter College: Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. Most Hunter students are the first in their families to attend college and many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other competitive honors. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.  The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter's faculty are unparalleled. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world's leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.

About the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro): The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY (Centro) is the nation’s leading university-based institution devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Centro is dedicated to understanding, preserving and sharing the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Centro also collects, preserves and provides access to library resources documenting Puerto Rican history and culture. Centro seeks to link scholarship to social action and policy debates, and to contribute to the betterment of our community and the enrichment of Puerto Rican studies.