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Data Hub Coffee Hour Redistricting Threats to New York’s Hispanic Congressional Representation

November 9th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
1:00pm - 2:00pm (Puerto Rico AST)
Virtual Event


 Join us for our Data Hub Coffee Hour on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 at 2 PM EST where Carlos Vargas-Ramos presents the implications of the current plans for congressional redistricting in New York State. Centros latest Data brief shows how recent proposals by the New York Independent Redistricting Commission threaten Hispanic congressional representation and dilute Hispanic representation and voting impact, at a time when Hispanics have contributed to the growth of the state's population.




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Yarimar Bonilla is the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also a Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015) co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm. (2019) and a founder of the Puerto Rico Syllabus Project. In addition, Yarimar is a prominent public intellectual and a leading voice in Caribbean and Latin-X politics. She writes a monthly column in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día titled “En Vaivén,” is a regular contributor to publications such as The Washington Post, The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Yorker, and a frequent guest on National Public Radio and news programs such as Democracy Now!  Her current research—for which she was named a 2018-2020 Carnegie Fellow —examines the politics of recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the forms of political and social trauma that the storm revealed.

Carlos Vargas-Ramos is the Center for Puerto Rican Studies’ Director for Public Policy, External and Media Relations, and Development. As social scientist, he has worked on the impact of migration on Puerto Rican political behavior, political attitudes and orientations, as well as on issues of racial identity. A political scientist by training, Dr. Vargas-Ramos is co-editor, along with Edwin Meléndez, Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium published by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in 2014. He also co-edited with Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, Blessing La Política: The Latino Religious Experience and Political Engagement in the United States published by Praeger in 2012. His newest work — Race, Front and Center: Perspectives on Race among Puerto Ricans (2017)— a reader on the subject of race, based on a selection of articles in the holdings of Centro: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, is available from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Damayra Figueroa-Lazu is a Research Assistant at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Sociology from St. John’s University. Her role as a research assistant is to prepare, collect, and analyze aggregate data along with assisting in the development of the GIS platform on any subject related to Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. In her current position, she assists with the collection of data related to the damages of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico; has prepared, manipulated, and monitored extensive databases; has performed secondary research to inform results; and, performed statistical analyses using STATA, Tableau or Excel. Her research interests include socioeconomic disparities, coloniality, race and ethnicity, social stratification, and social movements.