Stakeholders' Conference

Centro convened a stakeholders’ conference on May 21, 2010, at the Hunter College School of Social Work. The conference sought to review the state of cultural competence in preparing Puerto Rican/Latino and other professionals to serve Puerto Rican/Latino communities. In preparation for the conference, Hunter College faculty and graduate research assistants worked with Centro staff to complete research briefs and annotated bibliographies. These documents are based on reviews of the research and clinical literature on cultural competence as found in the areas of social work, public health, and education. In addition, Dr. Sigmund Shipp, Director of the Urban Studies Undergraduate Program in Hunter’s Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, shared a soon-to-be-published article reviewing the status of issues of diversity in urban planning curricula.

Their next steps include partnership-building within the Hunter community, along with field-based professionals, practitioners and other stakeholders in institutions and organizations serving the wider Puerto Rican and Latino communities in targeted neighborhoods of New York. In future years, Centro seeks to create partnerships with organizations and professionals in neighborhoods throughout the City.
The overall goal of the May 21st conference was to answer the following basic questions:
How do we currently address matters relating to cultural competence at Hunter College?
What is the place of cultural competence in the curricular and co-curricular offerings at Hunter?
How can we best implement any new or different offerings?
How can we better help our students thrive and lead in a changing and interconnected world?

Dr. Edwin Melendez introduced the conference with a presemtation entitled "Cultural Competence Curriculum Initiative."

Dr. Emilio Carrillo, Vice President of Community Health Development at New York –Presbyterian Hospital, made a keynote presentation, Cultural Competence: A Comprehensive Framework.”

The plenary keynote address was followed by four concurrent roundtable discussions (education, social work, public health and urban planning). The goal of each roundtable was to get feedback and recommendations from key members of Hunter’s faculty, administration and graduate student bodies about how to implement what the research and clinical literature have to say about cultural competence in Hunter College's graduate programs.
 Participants also heard from a
panel of Hunter Deans (Dr. Sherryl Browne Graves of the School of Education, Dr. Jacqui Mondros of the School of Social Work, and Dr. Kenneth Olden of the CUNY School of Public Health) moderated by the Provost of the College, Dr. Vita Rabinowitz. The Deans had attended the roundtables and responded in their panel to the following questions:
·         What do we offer at Hunter re cultural competence?
·         What could and should we offer?
·         How can we implement any new or different offerings?
·         Can we set a long-term goal of degree programs related to cultural competence (graduate sequences/certifications).