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Past Symposium 2016

The Mexican Community Accessing Education

Friday October 21st

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

CUNY School of Law

(2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101)

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY's one-day education symposium that celebrates the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities Initiative of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Presenters included neighborhood networks that are working to promote educational achievement among Mexican communities, academic experts on educational equity, and community member working together to build ideas on ways in which we can continue empowering the Mexican community in New York City.




Tara J. Yosso is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching apply the frameworks of critical race theory and critical media literacy to examine educational access and equity, emphasizing the community cultural wealth Students of Color bring to school. She has authored numerous collaborative and interdisciplinary chapters and articles in publications such as the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, and The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, and has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching. Her article, "Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth," has become the top cited article in Race and Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005. The American Education Studies Association recognized her book, Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicano/Chicano Educational Pipeline ( Routledge) with a 2008 Critics´Choice Book Award. Her talk reminds us to "see" the Latina/o communities we aim to serve in critical historical light. By encouraging us to consider the generations of communities who have preserved and passed down knowledges skills, abilities, and networks to survive and resist racism and other forms of oppresion, she asks us to be fierce visionaries for generating opportunities to cultivate this community cultural wealth as a tool for reclamation - for social justice.



Jorge Ballinas was born and raised in the Bronx. His parents are from the southern part of Puebla in Mexico. In 2003, he graduated from William Howard Taft HS in the Bronx and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Jorge attended The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Sociology and had a minor in Latina/o Studies. In 2010, he was accepted into Temple University's Doctoral Program in Sociology and will be receiving his doctorate in May of 2017. Jorge Ballinas has two main research areas: race and media. Regarding race, he focuses on theories of race and racism, racialization of Latinx (specifically Mexicans), and the representations of Latinx in different social institutions (education, politics, etc.). Within the area of media, he concentrates on how different racial groups are portrayed and how racism is defined. His dissertation (a portion of which will be presented during this symposium) “The Context of Success: Mexican American Educational Attainment in New Destinations” examines how Mexican college students in Pennsylvania and New York define success, perceive their higher education environments, what difficulties they have faced, in moving from high school to college, and the things they found helpful and unhelpful along the way.



Daniel Connolly is a journalist who has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Arkansas and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. He’s the author of The Book of Isaias: A child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America, a narrative nonfiction work about Mexican-American teenagers coming of age in Tennessee. It’s being published nationally this month by St. Martin’s Press of New York.


Neigborhood Networks Presentations

View below the amazing work that our community partners in East Harlem, New York accomplished during three years of collaboration. Much recognition to the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services, the Boy’s Club of New York, and the Union Settlement Association for their tremendous work within the Mexican/immigrant community in El Barrio. From evolving cultural identities, to helping children with academic and school-readiness, to parental engagement, to helping immigrant families with housing needs, to financial and health services support, our partners have been able to transform the lives of many children and their parents in East Harlem, New York. We are forever grateful to them and we look forward to continuing working with them in the betterment of our communities. #AnchoringHarlem #AnchoringMexCommunity #SiSePudo #Education

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow presentation by Nathalie Lynn (Brooklyn)


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Latino Youth Achievement Initiative: Serving Latino Youth, Families, and the Community


Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service presentation by Wendy Mirón (Manhattan)


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A Two Generational Approach to Supporting Young Learners


International Network for Public Schools presentation by Marguerite Lukes (Queens)


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MASA-MexED presentation by Aracelis Lucero (Bronx)


Click to view Aracelis Lucero presentation: The Intersection of Early Childhood Education and Supporting Immigrant Families


El Centro del Inmigrante Presentation (Staten Island)


Click to view presentation: Los Promotores

Taller Sobre Becas Postsecundaria

January 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM La Inglesia San Jose Patron
(1080 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)