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Diaspora Summit 2019 Program Engagement



9:00 am         Registration


9:15 am         Workshops


Puerto Rican Cultural Ambassador Program -Room 217

Melinda Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, Centro

Raquel M. Ortiz, Professor, Lorain County Community College (Lorain, OH)


Oral History and Digital Humanities at Centro - Room 220

Melissa Silvestri, Digital Projects Coordinator, Centro

Raquel Ríos, Oral Historian


10:00 am         Action Fair and Library Open House - First Floor


10:45 am         Workshops


National Puerto Rican Student Coalition - Room 217

Jose Luis Rivera, Founder & Executive Director, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition (Orlando, FL)


Geographic Information System (GIS) and Mapping Tools - Room 220

Jennifer Hinojosa. Research Associate & Data Center Coordinator, Centro


12:00 Noon         Lunch - First Floor


12:45 pm         Plenary: Solidarity with Puerto Rico and Engagement - Auditorium, Second Floor

Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Assembly District 53, New York State Assembly (Brooklyn, NY)

Norman Bristol Colón, Founder & Chairman, Pennsylvania Latino Convention (Harrisburg, PA)

Jose Luis Rivera, Founder & Executive Director, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition (Orlando, FL)

Moderator: Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo, Assembly District 85, New York State Assembly (Bronx, NY)


2:15 pm          Concurrent Panels


Political Empowerment - Room 220

Margarita Varela Rosa, President, Proyecto 85 (Washington, DC)

Jaime Estades, President, Latino Leadership Institute (New York, NY)

Rafael Collazo, Director, Political Campaigns, UnidosUS (Washington, DC)

Moderator: Jennice Fuentes, Founder and CEO, BoricuActivatEd, (Washington, DC)


Arts and Cultural Activism - Room 327

Tomas Javier Rivera, President, San Se (Orlando, FL)

Juan Gonzalez, President, San Juan Bautista Parade (Camden, NJ)

Luis Cordero Santoni, Executive Director and Founder, Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts, Inc. (New York, NY)

Moderator: Margarita Espada, Executive Director, Teatro Yerbabruja Arts Center (Long Island, NY)


Youth - Room 215

Angélica N. Martínez Miró, 2019 Graduate, University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras, PR)

Orosmar Cuevas, Cultural Ambassador, Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program (Queens, NY)

Ricardo D. Vergel Negrón, International Studies Student, American University (Washington, DC)

Moderator: Sofia Vilar Ortiz, 2019 Graduate, College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)


Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm - Room 217

Marisol LeBrón, Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas (Austin, Texas)

Rima Brusi, Distinguished Lecturer of Anthropology and Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Lehman College (Bronx, NY.)

Sarah Molinari, PHD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center (New York, NY)

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Associate Counsel, LatinoJustice (New York, NY)

Moderator: Yarimar Bonilla, Professor of Puerto Rican Studies and Anthropology, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center (New York, NY)


3:45 pm          Wrap-Up Plenary - Auditorium, Second Floor

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