BRONX, N.Y.—The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute—the first center of its kind on the East Coast—celebrates its first year with a major public conference of national significance, focusing on thirty years of migration from Mexico to New York City on Friday, May 10 at John Jay College in Manhattan. The community is invited to attend this free event, either in person or through its live webcast. Among those attending will be CUNY officials and other dignitaries. The conference is being hosted by John Jay College, in collaboration with the office of the President, Jeremy Travis, and the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.
“Even though there have always been Mexicans living in New York City, it has been thirty years since the first massive wave of migration from the state of Puebla began,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Alyshia Gálvez of Lehman’s Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, who has written extensively about issues affecting Mexican immigrants. “Today, the population has grown and become more diverse in state and community of origin, gender, ethnicity, language, and more,” she added, noting that part of the Institute’s work is to promote the educational attainment of the Mexican immigrant community in New York City.
The conference, entitled “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration” will bring together internationally recognized experts on Mexican immigration, such as keynote speaker Dr. Federico Besserer, professor of anthropology of the autonomous national university of Iztapalapa (UAM). The conference also marks a year-long collaboration with the Benemérita Universidad de Puebla and several scholars from that university will present, as well as scholars from other parts of Mexico, the University of Kentucky, University of Texas at El Paso, Manhattan College, Columbia University, New School, SUNY Albany, and Rutgers University, in addition to experts from several CUNY Campuses (Lehman College, John Jay College, Baruch College, College of Staten Island, Medgar Evers College), for a variety of panels and discussions.
The Institute builds on nearly a decade of work by the CUNY Working Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for the Mexican and Mexican-American Community, which held four conferences on Mexican immigration in New York City between 2006 and 2012. This conference continues a dialogue, under the Institute’s auspices, between local and national scholars, as well as among academics, advocates and practitioners.
At the conference, there will also be an awards ceremony for the CUNY-IME Becas Scholarship Program, in which 13 students will be given full tuition scholarships for studying at the graduate and undergraduate level at the City University of New York. Scholarship winners were selected for academic merit, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican immigrant community. The scholarship winners are also placed in service-learning internships with community based organizations that serve the Mexican community such as La Union, La Casa Azul Bookstore, MASA-Mex-Ed, Memorial Sloan Kettering Immigrant Cancer Disparities Service, Office of State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Qualitas of Life Foundation (financial literacy), Tertulia Resolana (Latino education in NYC High Schools), New York State Youth Leadership Council, Consulate of Mexico.
For a listing of the full program and to register for the conference, visit http://www.lehman.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/annual-conference.php. The conference will be webcast live on May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/msc.
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