El Centro, a Beacon of Cultural Significance and Dedicated Service to The Puerto Rican Diaspora Deserves Our Support As It Faces An Existential Crisis
The culmination of resource misallocation, financial repression, and erosion of support from Hunter/CUNY administration in recent years has extremely compromised the stability of this beloved cultural institution. Centro’s identity as a distinctly Puerto Rican research and cultural institution must be protected and preserved!
Founded in 1973, Centro is a vital and fundamental ethnic studies and historical archive component of Hunter College, City University of New York. It has pioneered a half-century of intellectual production and serves as the nation’s only repository of cultural identity for the Puerto Rican people, curating and preserving our heritage, legacy, and ever evolving complexity of what it means to be Puerto Rican in the U.S.
The Puerto Rican Diaspora and its allies have a responsibility to protect Centro from any further financial and/or administrative policies that would diminish and undermine its standing as one of the most prestigious and respected institutions of the Puerto Rican Diaspora.
Join the New York Chapter of NPRA in raising community awareness and civic engagement - together we can protect, preserve, and fortify Centro for generations to come. We urge CUNY administrators, Federal, State, and City elected officials, and community stakeholders to rise to the challenge. NPRA has launched a national campaign to achieve the following objectives:
Goal #1: The search for the permanent Director of Centro requires CUNY administrators to establish a transparent Executive Search Committee immediately. This Committee should be composed of a broad representation of Diaspora community members and stakeholders and should be concluded expeditiously.
Goal #2: Stop budget cuts and increase the level of appropriated funds. Demand implementation of a sustainable fiscal policy and prudent use of appropriated funds that structurally allow Centro to fulfill its mission and operate as a first-class research and heritage conservation center.
Goal #3: Investigation of the critical situation that Centro is currently facing and intervene on its behalf to strengthen its capacity to continue its long trajectory of service.
HOW YOU CAN HELP PROTECT THIS INVALUABLE PUERTO RICAN INSTITUTION:
- Become a member of NPRA and join the NPRA-NY Centro Advocacy Campaign
- Write to your elected officials demanding that Centro’s budget be increased
- Write to CUNY’s Board of Trustees demanding respect for Centro’s mission
- Visit us on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram to share our message and galvanize support in New York and beyond
- Donate today to protect and preserve Centro
- Learn more – read Petition of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Scholars
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