Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities Seminar “¡Edúcate!”
September 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Boys Club of NY Auditorium
(321 East 111th Street
East Harlem , NY 10029)
This seminar will highlight the activism of undocumented CUNY students and the work of their allies. We will show a CUNY-produced documentary Living Undocumented and have a Question and Answer with one of the filmmakers, City College professor Tatyana Kleyn, as well as some of the students featured in the film. At this seminar, the Institute will launch NYCEdúcate, the bilingual web portal we have been working on under wraps all year. The web portal will provide families thorough, reliable, bilingual information on educational institutions and services at all levels through out New York City.
Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities:
Language and Literacy: Systemic and Institutional Challenges
The Importance of Dual Language Education
June 5th, 2015
CUNY Central 205 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017. Kibbee Board Room, 7th FL, Rm 725
This seminar, designed for the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Anchoring Achievement Network organizations, will address Systemic and Institutional Challenges of Language and Literacy, primarily among bilingual students. Speakers will highlight the importance of dual language programs among the immigrant community and address the challenges that language barriers create for recent immigrants. This workshop is open to the public, if space allows, but priority registration is to representatives of the DBAF network organizations.
**Attendees are encouraged to read Fuller, et.al and the critique of it by Angela Valenzuela Differing Cognitive Trajectories of Mexican American Toddlers: The Role of Class, Nativity, and Maternal Practices, Bruce Fuller, Edward Bein, Yoonjeon Kim, and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh
**Space for this seminar is very limited. We strongly suggest early registration
**Attendees will need ID to enter building
Marguerite Lukes is Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Adult Literacy and Adult Education of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), and a Board of Directors member of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. Her scholarship and research on second language learning, literacy, and the education of immigrant populations has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Latinos and Education, Urban Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, Teachers College Record, and Rethinking Schools. Her recent book Latino Immigrant Youth and Interrupted Schooling: Dropouts, Dreamers and Alternative Pathways to College focuses on Latino immigrant youth in New York City and their quest to further their education. Some of her other publications are available on Amazon. Dr. Lukes has been a teacher, program director, curriculum developer, university faculty member, and researcher. She continues to work with community programs to enhance access to education for Mexican and Latino youth and adults. Dr. Lukes received her doctorate from New York University, where she conducted research about the educational experiences of Latino migrant youth and designed professional development for schools serving immigrant students in New York State.
Patricia Velasco started her career as a speech pathologist in Mexico City.
After finishing her EdD in the United States, she established a Staff Development Institute (Casa de la Ciencia) that works with indigenous bilingual children and their teachers in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico . After she moved to New York City, she first worked for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, as a staff developer and faculty member. Currently, she coordinates the Bilingual Education Program at Queens College and she is a faculty member at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Patricia directed the NYSED Bilingual Common Core Progressions, which offer scaffolds and supports for bilingual and ESL teachers working with emergent bilinguals in the common core classroom.
Carmina Makar is Assistant Professor in the programs of Bilingual Education and TESOL at City College of New York. Born and raised in Mexico, Carmina first came to New York as a Fulbright Fellow to pursue graduate studies in International Education Development. She earned her MA and Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests include bilingual education, language, immigration and transnational education in the context of educational policy and development. As part of her work with childhood, space and community development in non-formal education, Carmina has served as a consultant for UNESCO and UNDP as well as for other community-based organizations in Mexico and New York.
Cesar Zuniga is the Director of Research and Evaluation at Parent-Child Home Program. Cesar oversees the National Center’s research and evaluation projects, most recently a multi-year quasi-experimental study in the Philadelphia LEA and the implementation of an RCT in New York City. Cesar is also active with various early childhood and educational initiatives within Mexican communities in NYC. He has presented on a variety of issues related to early childhood education at various conferences across the country and abroad. Before joining The Parent-Child Home Program, he was project associate at the Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at New York University. He is the proud son of immigrants from Mexico and he currently lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Cesar has a Master’s in Educational Administration and is pursuing a doctorate in Developmental Psychology.
Patricia Ruiz-Navarro was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2000 to study her M.A. at the New School for Social Research. She recently received her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center at CUNY, where her primary research focus has been the familial decisions of Mexican immigrants, from remittance behavior, to social networks and return decisions. Patricia´s current interests in the health of foreign-born Mexican parents and their U.S. born children integrate cultural, behavior and assimilation issues.
Alyshia Gálvez is the director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute. Author of two books on Mexican immigration in New York, Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care and the Birth Weight Paradox and Guadalupe in New York, she is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. Her research focuses on the efforts by Mexican immigrants in New York City to achieve the rights of citizenship. Her second book Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers,was awarded the 2012 ALLA Book Award.
DBAF Anchoring Achievement / ¡Becas!
February 6th at 9:30 AM at the Murphy Institute, CUNY, (25 West 43rd Street, NY NY 10036)
18th Floor, Room 18 A&B
This seminar, designed for the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Anchoring Achievement Network organizations, will provide information and testimonials about scholarship opportunities available to undocumented students, including CUNY Becas. We hope that each membership organization will deliver information to its constituents. This workshop is open to the public, if space allows, but priority registration is for representatives of the DBAF network organizations.
Daniel R. Fernández
Daniel R. Fernández (B.A., UCLA; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University) is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College. His experience growing up in both México and the United States inspires and informs much of his work and perspective as an educator and scholar. He specializes in Latin American literature, art and film, with a focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American experience. At Lehman he has taught courses in Latin American, Mexican and Chican@ literatures as well as Spanish for Heritage Speakers. His book Voyeurism and Liminality in Mexican Border Narrative is forthcoming.
Shareny Díaz Saldaña
Shareny Díaz Saldaña is the administrative coordinator for the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute. She was born in Mexico City and brought to the United States at the age of two. She is a City College alumni with a major in psychology and is currently enrolled at Baruch College pursuing a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Policy. She has been an active member of her community in promoting higher education through her participation in the youth group, Mexican-American Youth Advising Students (MAYAS). She has worked at Brooklyn College in the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success and as Assistant to the Director of CUNY Mexican Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for Mexican and Mexican-Americans.
Marlen Fernández is a 2012 Becari@, college assistant at the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute and a double majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies recent Lehman college graduate. Marlen plans to pursue Medical Anthropology at the graduate level. Her family is originally from Puebla, Mexico. She came to the United States at the age of three and have lived in NYC her entire life. She grew up in White Plains, located in Westchester County. Aside from her school responsibilities, she is also the Vice President of the Lehman Dream Team and the Co-coordinator of the Westchester Dream Team. These organizations focuses on helping undocumented students to find resources, provide a safe haven and promote personal growth, through leadership, community service, and activism. Participating in these organizations had allowed her to bring change to her community as well as raise awareness about the many struggles undocumented youth face. Being herself an undocumented immigrant, this path is a cause she hold closer to her heart. She has done an excellent work at Insitute by holding almost every hat there has being available. Marlen is a great example of perseverance and success among our undocumented immigrant NY communitites.
Jazmin Cruz is currently an undergraduate student at John Ja College of Criminal Justice. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. Jazmin has been advocating for the New York State DREAM Act, and has been involved in the push for dignity and respect of all people. Jazmin is part of the Dreamers Campaign at Make The Road New York and currently Vice-President of the John Jay Dreamers Club. She wants to keep giving back to her community that saw her grow. Her biggest role model is her father. Her father has been the foundation and the ultimate supporter for her college career. She believes in the strong impact of college and is helping the recent high school graduates in her old high school transition from high school into College.
Edgar Morales is a sophomore at Lehman College pursuing a major in computer science. He was born in Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico and at the age of 15 he reunited with his family in the Bronx. He has many dreams and goals, which he hopes to accomplish as an undocumented student. Determined to break the stereotype that Mexicans come across the border to take on low-paying jobs by graduating college and obtaining a prestigious job position at a computer company. He believes a college education will provide him with the essential tools to create a better life for himself, his family, and his community.
Alexia Núñez is the Consul for Community Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in New York, where she coordinates efforts aimed at facilitating the integration and empowerment of the Mexican community that live in the tri-state area. Member of the Mexican Foreign Service, she has previously worked in the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and as an analyst for European Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and a BA in International Affairs from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
John Moreno-Escobar is a successful social entrepreneur, community leader and executive innovator. His passion is education equality and access to higher education for all. John is a native Colombian from Bogotá. John recently was appointed to lead a new initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY).He also founded the Colombian Education Fund (ColEF) and initiative to help Colombian students in the world to access financial resources in order to pay for their studies. The first non for profit John founded was Latino Youth for Higher Education Program (LYHEP) an organization that helpsrecent arrival Latino youth and families in the process of preparing, applying and paying for college in the US.