CENTER FOR PUERTO RICAN STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES

Join us on Thursday, April 11, 2013 for our second of two seminars that highlight current research at Centro. This series showcases the work of researchers at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies across several disciplines that examine the impact of the recession and the current state of the Puerto Rican population living in the mainland United States. In the first of the two seminars, which took place on March 21, 2013, researchers looked at demographics and social conditions of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Dr. Patricia Silver, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Aponte discussed the Puerto Rican diaspora in the southern region of the United States, civic participation, spatial isolation and domestic migration and significant health outcomes and disparities, respectively.

The second of the two seminars highlights jobs and education of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Dr. Ramón Borges-Méndez, Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning at Clark University will present on the wealth gap affecting the Puerto Rican population vis-à-vis other non-Puerto Rican Latinos and Non-Latino groups. Dr. Luis Reyes, Research Associate at Centro and director of Centro’s Education Programs, will discuss school enrollment disparities between Puerto Ricans and students of other races and ethnicities in New York City. The final presenter, Dr. M. Anne Visser, Assistant Professor Human and Community Development at U.C. Davis, will describe a statistical profile of Puerto Ricans in the United States, ages 16 to 24 not at school or work, commonly referred to as “disconnected youth.”

Individual presentations will be followed by a panel-style question and answer session. The event is open to students, faculty and the general public.

Research Seminar 2: Jobs and Education of Puerto Ricans in the United States
Ramon Borges-Méndez, Edwin Meléndez, Luis O. Reyes, M. Anne Visser
Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Ramon Borges-Méndez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His research interests are in urban and regional economic development, labor markets, Latinos in the U.S. and immigration and institutional development. He will be presenting on the wealth gap affecting the Puerto Rican population vis-à-vis other non-Puerto Rican Latinos and Non-Latino groups. The research relies on the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), Public Use Micro-Data Sample of 2010, of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Edwin Meléndez, Ph.D. is a Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. He has conducted considerable research in the areas of Latino studies, economic development, labor markets, and poverty. He will be moderating the panel.

Luis Reyes, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and director of Centro’s Education Programs. Dr. Reyes has served as assistant professor in various education departments, and has gained a reputation as an expert and outspoken advocate for educational reform, especially in the areas of bilingual and multicultural education. He will discuss school enrollment disparities between Puerto Ricans and students of other races and ethnicities both in New York City and the nation as a whole.

M. Anne Visser, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Human and Community Development at U.C. Davis. Her research interests are in low wage labor markets, governance, urban economic development and social equality through policy and advocacy. For this research seminar, she will be presenting a statistical profile of Puerto Ricans in the United States, ages 16 to 24 not at school or work, commonly referred to as “disconnected youth.