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  • rsvped for Conversation with Ritchie Torres 2022-06-24 00:56:37 -0400



    CENTRO & Roosevelt House Present:


    A Conversation with Congressman Ritchie Torres

    on the Future of Puerto Rico


    June 28th, 2022
    2:00 PM EST
    Hybrid Event

    Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College

    47-49 E 65th St, Between Park and Madison Avenues


    In this hybrid event, Hunter College President Jennifer Raab and CENTRO’s Directora, Dr. Yarimar Bonilla, will welcome U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY 15th), to the historic Hunter College Roosevelt House to discuss Rep. Torres' legislative initiative to bring an end to the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board (known locally as La Junta).


    La Junta was created by an act of Congress in 2016 to oversee Puerto Rico’s budget during the restructuring of its debt and other financial obligations. Since then, the Oversight Board has been extensively criticized for fostering austerity policies that have led to cuts in pensions, workers' benefits, and social services, among others. Rep. Torres’ bill proposes terminating the Oversight Board no later than 90 days after the certification of two balanced budgets, and transferring all duties and responsibilities to the government of Puerto Rico after it is dissolved. If the bill is passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden, La Junta could leave Puerto Rico as soon as late 2023 or early 2024.


    Join us for this event to learn more about the extent of the Oversight Board’s impacts and the goals of this new legislation, and to imagine together what the future of Puerto Rico after La Junta could look like. 


    You can RSVP to join us virtually or (better yet!) join us in person at 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065 (proof of vaccination is required



    press-headshot.jpgRep. Ritchie Torres is a fighter from the Bronx who has spent his entire life working for the community he calls home. Like many in the South Bronx, poverty and struggle have never been abstractions to him. At 25, Ritchie became NYC’s youngest elected official and the first openly LBGTQ person elected in the Bronx. He represents New York’s 15th Congressional District and is a member of the Financial Services Committee and serves as the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
    jennifer-raab-portrait-768x768.jpgJennifer J. Raab is the 13th President of Hunter College, the largest college of the City University of New York. Since her tenure began in 2001, President Raab has been responsible for raising more than $400 million in philanthropic support for Hunter College. Major accomplishments include the renovation and reopening of the historic Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt House, which is now the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and the construction of a $131 million home in East Harlem for Hunter’s renowned School of Social Work.

    Yarimar-Bonilla-SQUARE.jpgYarimar Bonilla is the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also a Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Yarimar is a prominent public intellectual and a leading voice on Caribbean and Latin-X politics. She is a columnist for the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día and a regular contributor to publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Bonilla teaches and writes about questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas and received a Carnegie Fellowship for her research on the political and social aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    Dr. Basil Smikle Jr. is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.  With over 15 years in higher education and 25 years of a career dedicated to public service, Basil regularly shares insights on electoral politics, governance, and public policy on national media outlets. From 2017-2019, Basil served as the Distinguished Lecturer of Politics and Public Policy at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies. Prior to that, he was appointed by former Governor David Paterson to serve as the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party where he was the “second highest ranking Democrat” in the State. Basil was a senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton on her Senate staff where he advised Senator Clinton on state-wide policy and politics. A life-long New Yorker and raised in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrants, Basil received his BS from Cornell University and his MPA and PhD from Columbia. Basil is a Trustee of The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and sits on the boards of the NYC Center for Charter Excellence, The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, The Association to Benefit Children and Palante Harlem, a tenant advocacy organization.



    Zoom link available after Registration

    June 28, 2022 at 2:00pm
    Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
    47-49 E 65th St
    between Park and Madison Avenues
    New York, NY 10065
    United States
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  • signed up on Cultural Ambassador 2020-03-03 08:48:17 -0500

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    Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Program and Engagement through Education

    Centro is the primary academic institute producing research on the conditions of stateside Puerto Ricans, preserving their heritage by maintaining a library and archives. Centro education programs focus on the development of curriculum and educational materials, such as videos, posters, and teaching guides, which disseminate and promote the use of historical and cultural heritage content for colleges, middle and high schools, and the general public. These tools help teachers and students learn about Centro’s vast archival collections and promote Puerto Rican studies. Our web-based open courseware, videoconferences, and other pedagogical resources provide the necessary supports for classroom success.

    Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Program is a free, self-paced, multimedia online course in Puerto Rican history, culture, and traditions, with a focus on the migration experience of the stateside diaspora. The goal of the program is to inspire the next generation of Puerto Rican leaders to become a driving force of change for themselves and their communities. The program engages youth and educational institutions in promoting the teaching and learning of our heritage. Participants not only gain knowledge but also develop leadership, research, and presentation skills.

    After enrolling online, participants complete a number of assignments that include viewing the Pioneers/Pioneros Documentary Series; complete reading assignments on Puerto Rican history, culture, and traditions; and learn key dates and historical events that have shaped the diasporic experience. At the end of each lesson, participants are required to complete and pass a short quiz. Upon successful completion of all required lessons, the participant receives a certificate of completion and designation as a Cultural Ambassador.

    Beginning March 2018, participants who have completed the course will be eligible to enroll in the next series of lessons. In this series, participants will learn how to access and use our teaching guides, educational and curriculum tools, archival collections, and other library resources.

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    Pioneers/Pioneros: Documentary Series featuring Pura Belpré: StorytellerA Revolt through Letters: Clemente Soto Vélezthe Legacy of Frank Bonilla, and Plena is Song; Plena is work. The documentaries tell the stories of important pioneers of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Each documentary has an accompanying teaching guide available online.

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