About

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans is a search conference that will provide a safe space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community responses to Puerto Rico's economic crisis from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans and other stakeholders. The conference will take place at Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work, located at 2180 3rd Avenue in New York City. 

The two-day conference program is designed to balance topics related to the economic, fiscal and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the impacts on stateside Puerto Ricans. 

Friday morning's discussions will be devoted to an understanding of the current situation in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is in a prolonged recession that started in 2006 and has resulted in a fiscal crisis, cut of public services and a massive migration to the United States leading to a significant decline in the island’s population.

Friday afternoon’s program will be devoted to an understanding of how the economic crisis in Puerto Rico has impacted the stateside Puerto Rican community.

The closing program on Saturday will focus on ongoing efforts to articulate a diaspora response to the crisis, an agenda for stateside organizations to move forward with coalition building, and in that context, a discussion of the role that Centro may play in the future.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, APRIL 22

Read the detailed conference program listing all speakers and panels here

8:30 a.m.       REGISTRATION – 1ST FLOOR LOBBY

9:00 a.m.       WELCOMING REMARKS – AUDITORIUM

Hunter College President Jennifer Raab

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Introductory RemarksDr. Edwin Meléndez, Director, Centro

 

10:00 a.m.  PLENARY PANEL A: Policy Options for Fiscal Crisis – AUDITORIUM

 

11:15 a.m.     CONCURRENT PANELS    

1. Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis – AUDITORIUM

2. Energy and the Environment – RM 212

3. Economic Development – RM 217

4. Models for Diaspora Engagement with Puerto Rico – RM 115A&B 

5. Foundations Responses to the Economic Crisis in Puerto Rico – RM 220

 

12:30 p.m.     LUNCH – 1ST FLOOR LOBBY  

           

1:30 p.m.  PLENARY PANEL B: Local and State Perspective – AUDITORIUM

 

2:45 p.m.       CONCURRENT PANELS: Puerto Ricans

1.  Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Civic Engagement – AUDITORIUM

2.  Education – RM 217

3.  Environment and Community Development – RM 212

4.  Health Disparities RM 115A&B

 

4:15 p.m.       PLENARY PANEL C: National Perspective – AUDITORIUM       

 

5:30 p.m.       CUNY Reception – 1ST FLOOR LOBBY  

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Read the detailed conference program listing all speakers and panels here.

 

9:30 a.m.       REGISTRATION – 1ST FLOOR LOBBY

 

10:00 a.m.  ACTION FAIR AND TOUR OF CENTRO LIBRARY & ARCHIVES– RM 115B & 116B

 

12:00 p.m.     LUNCH – 2ND FLOOR LOBBY

 

12:45 p.m.     PLENARY KEYNOTE ADDRESS – AUDITORIUM           

Speaker: Monsignor Roberto González Nieves, O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan

 

1:15 p.m.       CONCURRENT PANELS  

1. Faith-Based Communities – RM 212

2. Cultural Activism and Historical Preservation – RM 217

3. Youth – RM 220

4. Legal System and Puerto Ricans (Bar Associations) – RM 328

5. Veterans – RM 324

6. Women/NACOPRW – RM 218

7. Visual Artists and Art Institutions – RM 327

8. Race/Afro Boricuas – RM 214

9. LGBT – RM 215

10. Social Media – RM 216

11. Puerto Rican Academics – RM 322

 

3:30 p.m.       WRAP-UP PLENARY – AUDITORIUM     

 

4:30 p.m.       ADJOURN