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    New England Summit Program

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration


    9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

    Mayor Alex B. Morse, City of Holyoke 

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

    Master of Ceremonies, Harry Franqui-Rivera, Assistant Professor of History, Bloomfield College, N.J. 


    9:20 – 10:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

    Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies


    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Plenary Panel: Fiscal, Economic and Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

    Moderator: Joe Rodríguez, Deputy State Director, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal 

    Ruth Santiago, Esq., Legal Counsel, El Puente Puerto Rico

    Dennis Rivera, Unidos Por La Salud 

    Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Project Director, Media Diversity Initiatives for the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Washington, D.C.  


    11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break


    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels

    1. Education (bilingual ed/dual language)

    Moderator: Dr. Eileen de los Reyes, former Assistant Superintendent for ELLs, Boston Public Schools

    Robert Cotto, Jr.,  former Senior Policy Fellow in K-12 Education, CT Voices for Children

    Dr. Arlene Rodríguez, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Springfield Technical Community College 

    Dr. Sonia Correa Pope, School Principal, Holyoke Community Charter School  

    Dr. Lorna Rivera, Director, Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts-Boston  

    Anna Lugo, Director of English Language Education, Holyoke Public Schools

    2. Health Disparities and Community Strategies

    Moderator: Dr. María Idalí Torres, Director, Gastón Institute, University of Massachusetts-Boston

    Margarita R. O'Neill-Arana, Ed.D., Director of Clinical Training, Union Institute & University 

    Sofia Segura-Pérez, Associate Director, Community Nutrition, Hispanic Health Council- Hartford, CT

    Milagros Rosal, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Worcester

    3. Political Representation in New England

    Moderator: Lourdes Montalvo, Director of Constituent Services, Connecticut Secretary of the State 

    Jossie Valentin, City Councilor Ward 4, Holyoke, MA

    Luis Aponte, City Council President, Providence, Rhode Island

    Minnie González, State Representative, Majority Whip at Large, Hartford, CT

    Carlos González, Springfield State Representative

    Adam Gómez, City Councilor Ward 1, Springfield, MA

    4. Economic Development

    Moderator: Dr. Ramón Borges-Mendez, Community Development and Planning, Clark University 

    Juan Vega, Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development 

    Sheyla Rivera, Artistic Director, AS220

    Marcos Marrero, Director, Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke, MA

    Taino Palermo, Ed.D., Program Director, Community Development, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

    5. Media 

    Moderator: José Massó, ¡Con Salsa! Radio 

    Vanessa Pabón, Community Engagement Director, WGBY-PBS-Western NE 

    Norma Rodriguez-Reyes, La Voz Hispana de CT

    Natalia Muñoz, Verdant Multicultural Media, Northampton, MA

    Manuel Frau-Ramos, El Sol Latino, Amherst, MA


    12:30 p.m. Lunch


    1:30 p.m. Plenary Panel: Civic Engagement at the Local Level

    Moderator: Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc.

    Yanil Terón, Executive Director, Center for Latino Progress (CT)  

    Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

    Natascha Otero-Santiago, ParrandaPR 


    2:45 p.m. – 4:00pm Concurrent Panels

    1. LGBTQ

    Moderator: Nelson Roman, City Councilor Ward 2, Holyoke, MA 

    Amaad Rivera, former City Councilor, Springfield, MA

    Jennifer Lynn Vélez, Trans Pioneer, Holyoke, MA

    Myriam Quinoñes, Holyoke Community College  

    2. Youth

    Moderator: Alejandro Manzanares, Stand UP for Puerto Rico

    Jafet Robles, Community Organizer 

    Melinda González, El Puente, Brooklyn, NY & BombaYo, New York, NY

    Roslyn Sotero, Director, LACE Youth Program, and El Centro Cultural, Waterbury, CT

    3. Engagement and Faith Based Communities

    Moderator: Dr. Efraín Agosto, New York Theological Seminary 

    Reverend Dr. Damaris Whittaker, Center Church; The First Church of Christ in Hartford  

    Pastora Adaliz Díaz, Restoration Worship Center, Springfield, MA 

    4. Cultural Activism and Historical Preservation

    Moderator: Juan González, Esq., San Juan Bautista Parade, Inc.   

    Lucila Santana, Springfield PR Parade & PR Cultural Project, Holyoke Public Library

    Rafael Zapata, Rhode Island Latino Arts 

    Lydia Perez, Yoruba II, PR Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Rhode Island 

    Ana Valentin-Jackson, The Connecticut Institute for Community Development-Puerto Rican Parade Committee (CICD)- Hartford Chapter 

    5. Veterans 

    Moderator: Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Connecticut National Guard  

    Sergeant Gumersindo Gómez, Executive Director, Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass. Inc. 

    Sergeant Jorge Pagan, Boston, MA 

    Vietnam Veterans of America National Service Officer Wilfredo Meléndez, Veteran's Agent and Deputy Director for the City of Holyoke, MA Veterans Services Department


    4:00 pm Coffee Break


    4:15 p.m. Plenary Panel: Wrap-Up Plenary: What Have We Learned, Where Do We Go From Here?

    Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias, Inc. 


    5:30 p.m. Reception


    6:30 p.m. Adjourn


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