Conference Schedule

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Preliminary Program

Friday, May 11   Day 1    

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

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

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

Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Research Associate, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Edwin Melendez, Ph.D., Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

10:00 a.m – 11:10 a.m.   Plenary Panel A: Post Maria Impact on Stateside Communities

Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias Inc. (Holyoke, MA)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/betty-medina-lichtenstein

Marucci Guzman, Executive Director, Latino Leadership (Orlando, FL)
http://purpulis.com/team/marucci-guzman/

Nilda Iris Ruiz, President and CEO, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/nilda-iris-ruiz


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

-Policy-

Rosanna Torres, Senior Policy Advisor, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, D-NY (Washington, DC) https://upraa.org/about-us/rosanna-torres/

Dennis Rivera, Chair, Service Employees International Union-Healthcare (NY, NY)
http://pqc-usa.org/dennis-rivera/

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Public Policy and Communications Strategist, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (Washington, DC)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/gretchen-sierra-zorita

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network (Washington, DC)
http://www.jubileeusa.org/ericlecompte

Jennice Fuentes, Founder and CEO, BoricuActivatEd, (Washington, DC)
http://www.fuentesstrategies.com/Jennicebio.html


-Parades and Festivals-

Louis Maldonado, Chair, National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. (New York, NY)
https://www.nprdpinc.org/about/

Margarita Espada, Executive-Artistic Director, Teatro Yerbabruja and The Annual Brentwood Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade (Brentwood, NY)
https://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/css/mentoring/espada

Juan Gonzalez, President, Parada San Juan Bautista, Inc. (Camden, NJ)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/digitalarchive/index.php/Detail/collections/225

Tomas Javier Rivera, San Se (Orlando, FL)

Lucila Santana, Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee Chairwoman `(Springfield, MA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucila-j-santana-88596312/?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile


-Technological Innovation-

Rafael Guerrero Preston, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crchd/blog/2014/preston-spotlight-blog

Dyanis De Jesús,  Co-Founder, Creatives Mean Business (Washington,
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/dyanis-de-jes%C3%Bas

-Education-

Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President and CEO, Aspira (Washington, DC)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/ronald-blackburn-moreno

Angélica Infante-Green, Deputy Commissioner, P-12 Instructional Support, New York State Education Department Board of Regents (Albany, NY) https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2015/09/16/elia-names-new-slate-of-state-education-leaders-including-former-city-ells-chief/

Margaret Rivera, Board President, Aspira of Delaware Inc.  (Newark, DE)

Johanna López, Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year (Orlando, FL)
https://www.votejohannalopez.com/meetjohanna

Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Director of Policy, Latino Policy Forum, Erikson Institute (Chicago, IL)
https://www.erikson.edu/about/directory/cristina-pacione-zayas/

 

-Faith Based-

Jonathan Soto, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at 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)

 

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.     Lunch

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.      Concurrent Panels:


-Engaging Elected Officials-

Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Philadelphia City Council (Philadelphia, PA)
http://phlcouncil.com/MariaQSanchez

Lydia J. Valencia, President and CEO, Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/digitalarchive/index.php/Detail/collections/227

Joe Rodriguez, Deputy State Director, United States Senator Richard Blumenthal D-CT (Hartford, CT)
http://www.nhps.net/boe

State Representative Rene "Coach P" Plasencia (R-FL) Florida House of Representatives (Titusville, FL)
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4607&LegislativeTermId=86


-Arts and Arts Organizations-

Teresa Santiago, Comité Noviembre (New York, NY)

Libertad Guerra, Director, The Loisaida Center (New York, NY)
http://loisaida.org/team/


-Diaspora Solidarity-

Frances Colón, Board Member, Grupo Guayacán Inc (Miami, FL)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/events/conferences/puerto-ricopuerto-ricans/concurrent-panels-models-diaspora-engagement

Jorge P Silva-Puras, Principal at Interaktiva, LLC,  (San Juan, PR)
http://somosnewyork.org/jorge-silva-puras/


-Social and Mainstream Media Makers-

Federico Subervi, Ph.D., Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Kent State University (Kent, OH)
https://namle.net/subervi/

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Professor, Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/harry-franqui-rivera

Sandra Rodriguez Cotto, Public relations consultant, Joy PR Inc., Columnist and Blogger (Guaynabo, PR)
https://www.blogger.com/profile/06864839873676527731

Marlena Fitzpatrick, Music Journalist and Social Media Editor, NPR Latino, USA Enclave Magazine, Fizzy, Uforia Music, Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, MoneyMío, Cien Plus (New York, NY)
https://www.marlenafitzpatrick.com/bio


-Women/National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW)-

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

Melina Olmo NACOPRW DC Chapter (Washington, DC)

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

 

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

Brenda Torres Barreto, Executive Director, San Juan Bay National Estuary Program (San Juan, PR)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/events/conferences/puerto-ricopuerto-ricans/concurrent-panels-environment-and-community

Manuel Bermúdez AIA PHK, Principal, Manuel Bermúdez Arquitecto csp (San Juan, PR)
http://earq.uprrp.edu/?teacher=manuel-bermudez

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 pm          Coffee Break


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

-Towards a National Puerto Rican Advocacy Coalition-

Jason Ortiz, President and Chair of the Board, CT Puerto Rican Agenda (Bridgeport, CT)
http://www.ctpuertoricanagenda.com/exec_committee

Jaime Farrant, Board Member, National Puerto Rican Agenda (Washington, DC) https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/events/conferences/puerto-ricopuerto-ricans/concurrent-panels-oversight-board-and-debt

Gisela Rodriguez, Attorney, Law Office of Gisela Rodriguez, (Tallahassee, FL)
https://www.floridabar.org/directories/find-mbr/profile/?num=85334

Will Gonzalez, Esq., Executive Director, Ceiba (Philadelphia, PA)
https://ceibaphiladelphia.org/about/staff


-Food Systems, Development, and Sustainability-

Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, Clark University (Worcester, MA)
https://www2.clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=800

Irene Vilar, Founder & President, Americas For Conservation + the Arts
http://www.americasforconservation.org/irene-vilar

 

-Economic Development and Economia Solidaria-

José Luis Rodríguez CEO Campo Rico Group, Inc, CRG Communications (NY, PR)
http://www.camporicogroup.com/About.html


-Project Data Mapping-

Jacqueline Villarruba-Mendoza, Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
http://www.colgate.edu/facultysearch/facultydirectory/jvillarrubia

Jean Carlos Rivera Pabon, Business Intelligence Engineer, Co-founder at Diáspora for Puerto Rico, Inc. (New York, NY)

David J. Carrasquillo-Medrano, PPL, Planificador Profesional Licenciado #912, Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Planificación, Presidente (San Juan, PR)

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

Caridad Arroyo Quijano, Data Manager, Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, Kids Count Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR) http://juventudpr.org/en/team_item/caridad-a-arroyo-quijano/


-Humanitarian Crisis-

Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (New York, NY)
https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/events/conferences/puerto-ricopuerto-ricans/new-york-summit/h%C3%A9ctor-r-cordero-guzm%C3%A1n

Heriberto Martinez, Coordinador, Coalición Por la Salud (San Juan, PR)

Ana Maria Garcia Blanco, Executive Director, Instituto Nueva Escuela (San Juan, PR)

 

5:30 pm. – 6:30 p.m.       Reception


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