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CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies Annual Conference

2014 Conference: “¡Dinero! The economics of Mexican Migration"

Friday, May 9, 2014. All day.


Eventbrite - ¡Dinero! The Economics of Mexican Migration


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Organized by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies and the Cross Cultural Approaches to Latin@ Studies Faculty Interest Group at Borough of Manhattan Community College 


Hosted at Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007


8:45am-9:30am:  Breakfast


9:30am-10:30am:  Welcome, Intros and demographic/issue overviews


Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC: Welcoming remarks

Alyshia Gálvez, Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies and Associate Professor at Lehman College in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Leslie A. Martino-Velez, Associate Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Laird W. Bergad, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College and the Ph. D Program in History at The Graduate Center; Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at The Graduate Center

Consul General, Ambassador Sandra Fuentes Beraín


10:30am -11:15am   Keynote Address, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa


11:15am-11:30am:  Morning coffee break


11:30am-12:45pm:  Panel 1 - Transnational Labor, post-NAFTA


Alejandra González Jiménez, University of Toronto, “On Those Who Stay Behind: Volkswagen de México, Jobs, and Aspirations in Puebla”

Rodolfo Hernández Corchado, CUNY, The Graduate Center, “U.S-Mexico Integrations and Abandonment: Mixteco Indigenous Migration from the Montaña region, Guerrero to New York City”

Claudia Villegas Delgado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México “‘No to Silence, No to Fear. Yes to Inclusion, Yes to Live with Dignity!’ How Mexican Immigrant Women Claim to be a Part of the 99%”

Discussant:  TBD


12:45pm-1:45pm:  Lunch


1:45pm-3:00pm:  Panel 2 - Immigrant Financial Empowerment and Barriers to Financial Inclusion


Deyanira Del Rio, New Economy Project, Immigrant Financial Justice Project

Katherine Glynn-Broderick, NYC Office of Financial Empowerment, “Immigrant Financial Services Study”

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, University of California at Los Angeles, “From Shadows to Empowerment” 

Brendan McBride, Remas

Discussant:  Barbara Magnoni, EA Associates  


3:00pm-4:15pm:  Panel 3 - The Cost of Being Undocumented


BMCC Dreamers Club

Jasniya Sanchez, Qualitas of Life Foundation

Cesar Vargas, Dream Action Coalition

Panelist and Discussant:  Robert C. Smith, City University of New York, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, “Legal Status, Family Bargains and Long Term Generational Mobility”  


4:15pm-4:30pm:  Afternoon coffee break


4:30pm-5:00pm:  Arts Presentation


Emily Williamson, CUNY, The Graduate Center, “Can Mariachi Be Alternative? Contradictions in New York’s Latin Music Market”

Flor de Toloache Mariachi Performance


5:00pm:  Ahuehuete Award/ CUNY-IME Becas Scholarship Award Ceremony


**Throughout the day, a community financial fair and book sale will be held outside of the conference venue. 


This conference has the support of Lehman College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Jay Hershenson and the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative.


Thank you to the Cross Cultural Approaches to Latino Studies Faculty Interest Group at Borough of Manhattan Community College and the professors, who are participating in this process:

Professor Rosario Torres
Professor Margaret Carson
Professor Jose Haro
Professor Yolanda Martin
Professor Carmen Martinez-Lopez
Professor Josef Mendoza


Call for Papers [PDF]


Presenter Biographies


Keynote: Antonio R. Villaraigosa


• 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 2005-2013


• Chair, Democratic National Convention, 2012


• President, US Conference of Mayors, 2011-2012


• Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 14, 2003-2005


• Member, California State Assembly, 1994-2000

    • Speaker, 1998-2000
    • Majority Leader, 1996-1998


Antonio Villaraigosa, positioned squarely on the national stage, is considered a leading voice and champion of the “radical middle” in American politics. Known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions, he draws support from the broad center of both Democratic and Republican voters. It is a unique individual who can serve as the chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and also receive standing ovations as the invited speaker at Republican events. Villaraigosa’s appeal is broad, not only because of his independent thinking on national issues, but also because he is a self-made man and an energetic, electrifying communicator.


On July 1, 2005, he was sworn in as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. Villaraigosa was the first person of Latin American descent to serve as mayor since 1872. His election was widely seen as an affirmation of the growing political power of Latinos, not only in Los Angeles and California, but also in the United States as a whole. In 2009, he was easily elected to a second term.


Immediately, upon taking office in 2005, Villaraigosa charged head-on at the City’s most intractable challenges, including education, public safety and transportation. He aggressively sought advancements in economic development and the environment. As he had done throughout his career, he built broad coalitions across ideological and ethnic lines. During the Villaraigosa administration, crime dropped to its lowest level in 60 years.He established the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, and by the end of his second term, gang crime had dropped 43% citywide. His work in curbing domestic violence, supporting firefighting efforts, improving emergency management systems and enhancing homeland security all contributed to a safer Los Angeles.


As President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Antonio Villaraigosa became a national spokesman for education reform and expanded investment in America’s transportation infrastructure. He received additional national recognition as Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which re-nominated President Barack Obama and set the stage for the President’s re-election in November. While term limits prevented Antonio Villaraigosa from serving a third term as Los Angeles Mayor, his broad and deep impact on the City of Los Angeles as well as on state and national issues has been unmistakable.


Deyanira Del Río

Deyanira Del Río, co-director of New Economy Project, is a national expert on immigrant banking issues and long-time advocate for fair housing and community development financial institutions. She speaks frequently to groups around the country about policy issues affecting immigrants’ access to fair and affordable financial services and credit, and has led campaigns to promote financial inclusion for low income and undocumented immigrants. She recently designed a no-interest NYC DREAMer Loan Fund to support young people applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and their families. She is board chair of the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, board chair of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and a board member of New Immigrant Community Empowerment.


Rodolfo Hernández Corchado

Rodolfo Hernández Corchado is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has conducted research on Mexican migration in New York City since 2003. His M.A thesis examined the political participation of Mexican migrants in New York through the use of public space. His thesis was awarded in 2005 by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Currently his doctoral research examines the formation of a transnational migrant labor market of indigenous Mixteco workers from the Montaña region Guerrero, Mexico in New York City. He has taught at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City and has been Writing Fellow at Kingsborough Community College.  He directs the blog of the internet site Huellas Mexicanas. El sitio de los migrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos and is member of the Coalición por los Derechos Políticos de los Mexicanos en el Extranjero (CDPME).


Margaret Carson

Margaret Carson is Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Co-Chair of the PEN America Translation Committee. Her literary translations from Spanish to English include the novel My Two Worlds by Sergio Chejfec (Open Letter, 2011) and plays by by Virgilio Piñera (Electra Garrigó), Griselda Gambaro (The Camp), and Petrona de la Cruz Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa (The Demon’s Nun), all included in Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance (U Michigan, 2008).


Kathryn Glynn-Broderick

Kathryn Glynn-Broderick is the Deputy Director of Field Research, Data & Analytics at OFE. She has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, having worked with leading academic institutions and local non-profits in the fields of policy innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and globalization. Ms. Glynn-Broderick is charged with managing and providing oversight of OFE quantitative and qualitative data collection, tracking and management; developing, alongside the OFE research team, OFE’s research and analysis strategy including proposals of key research questions, design methodology and tools. Ms. Glynn-Broderick received her Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and both her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree from Emory University.


Barbara Magnoni

Barbara Magnoni is President of EA Consultants and has over 18 years international development experience.   After working on Wall Street for seven years, she has been working on projects that involve diagnostics, capacity building, product development, and research and learning dissemination for a variety of institutions, including the IDB / MIF, IFC, ILO, the City of New York, Pro Mujer, FINCA, among others. Many of the projects in which she has worked have had a gender focus, including research studies, evaluations, and development of projects that expand financial access of women.  She has co-authored two key publications with the IDB/MIF related to women and entrepreneurship: Pure Perseverance: A study of women's small businesses in Colombia (FOMIN , 2013) and A Business to Call Her Own (FOMIN 2010). Ms. Magnoni holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in International Affairs. She is a member of Woman Advancing Microfinance-New York Chapter, she has recently co-founded Andares, a network of professional women working in microfinance in Latin America. 


Emily Williamson

Emily Williamson is a PhD Student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Ethnomusicology. She has a Master's in American Studies from NYU and a BA in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation research focuses on the emergent Mexican musical communities and the incorporation of Mexican popular music in New York City.