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Friday, January 22, 2016

6:30 PM

New York State Youth Leadership Council

(339 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012)

Suite #304 Buzzer #8




Saturday, January 23, 2016

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Bushwick Leaders High School

797 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221







Monday, January 25, 2016

4:00 to 6:00 PM

Mixteca Organization

245 23rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

2nd Floor





Taller educativopara ayudar a

padres de familia navegar el portal:


Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities Initiative

Bushwick Public Library

(340 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11206)

Jueves 22 de octubre del 2015

6:00 PM a 7:30 PM


Este taller educativo esta diseñado para ayudar a los padres de familia a navegar el portal: “¡Edúcate!”. es un recurso con el cual las familias que viven en la ciudad de Nueva York pueden obtener información clara y concisa sobre las oportunidades y recursos educativos disponibles para la comunidad: iniciando desde los cuidados tempranos para niños pequeños hasta opciones de post-grado para estudiantes adultos. El portal fue diseñado y desarrollado por el Instituto Jaime Lucero de Estudios Mexicanos en Lehman College de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York, como parte de la iniciativa "Promoviendo el Éxito en las Comunidades Mexicanas" ("Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities") con apoyo de la Deutsche Bank Of Americas Foundation. Localizar y utilizar información sobre educación de las numerosas agencias estatales, así como del gobierno de la ciudad puede ser una tarea ardua y compleja. Por esto, es nuestro deseo que NYCEdúcate represente una valiosa ayuda para que los padres de familia puedan contar, en un formato accessible, con información oportuna y correcta sobre el desarrollo y las oportunidades educativas disponibles en el proceso educativo de sus hijos y de ellos mismos. 

Un grupo de expertos del Instituto Jaime Lucero de Estudios Mexicanos guiara, a todos los participantes, a como navegar este portal paso por paso en ambos lenguajes disponibles, Español e Ingles.

Toda persona interesada es bienvenida. Favor de confirmar su asistencia registrandose a este evento. ¡Gracias!



This workshop is designed to help immigrant families learn how to navigate through our recently launched educational portal

In Spanish, edúcate means, “Educate yourself!” is a resource for families living in New York City to obtain information about educational opportunities and resources for everyone: from infants to adults, early child care through adult and  post graduate  education. This web portal was developed and built by the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as part of the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities, an initiative supported by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. We know how hard it can be to find and use information from multiple, different city and state agencies. We hope this resource helps parents feel empowered in their pursuit of educational opportunities for themselves and their children.

A team of experts from the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute will guide all participants with a step-by-step portal navigation in both available languages, English and Spanish.

Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance to this event. Thank you!


Los Otros Dreamers is a community-published anthology of stories and photos depicting the experience of youth who have returned to México, either forcibly or by personal choice, after having grown up in the United States. This volume presents the testimonies and photographs of twenty-six young women and men who are working and fighting for their dreams in a land that is many times both familiar and alien to them. In word and image, the book speaks of the challenges, obstacles, injustices, triumphs and potential of this bilingual, bicultural generation on the move. A panel discussion between U.S. Dreamers and Dreamers who returned to Mexico will follow the presentation. 

This book presentation is made possible with the support of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the JJ DREAMers, Lehman College DREAM Team, B.M.C.C DREAM Team, Dream in Mexico, The Mexican Cultural Institute, U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Iniciativa Cuidadana para la Promoción de la Cultura del Dialogo A.C, Cuidad de México Decidiendo Juntos, and Iniciativa Cuidad de México.




Photo Credit: Matthew Smith

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY based at Lehman College
is honored to present:


México Maya

a performance by Dzul Dance.

Performances on:


Wednesday, October 8th at 8:00pm

Friday, October 10th at 8:00pm


Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College
(250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468)


México Maya explores the rich history of ancient Maya culture, Mexican heritage and the  immigrant experience of Mexicans in America. The choreography is also an illustration of  the physical, cultural and artistic journey of Artistic Director Javier Dzul.

Javier created México Maya in celebration of Dzul Dance's ten year anniversary. The world premiere of this work was presented at the Gerald Lynch Theater in New York City in May 2013.

*A portion of the ticket sale profits will support CUNY Becas.





The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute 
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders 
presented a screening of  La Tierra de los adioses (The Land of Goodbyes)

on Thursday June 5 at 6:00pm hosted by
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Haaren Hall, Room 630

View photos of the event

Click on the photo to watch the trailer.


La tierra de los adioses. The Land of Goodbyes) won the Best Latin American Short Documentary Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto from the filmmakers Stefani Saintonge and Chantal Flores filmed in Zapotitlán, Oaxaca. 

La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes) is a documentary about Zapotitlán Palmas, Oaxaca, Mexico, a small rural community where 50 percent of residents (80% of men) have migrated to the United States. The women, children and few men left behind continue their lives while watching their town being slowly abandoned. Engulfed in a culture of migration, where most are dependent on family members working abroad, they have the same universal aspirations of progress, a better life and a day where they stop saying good bye.


The Lopez family is split by a border. A mother and her three daughters stay in a rural Mexican town, where the lack of job opportunities have forced 50% of residents (80% of men) to migrate to the U.S. A father, a son and an uncle work construction in Richmond, Virginia dreaming about home but traumatized by the journey they endured to the other side. 'La Tierra de los Adioses' tells the modern immigration story about torn families, a culture of migration and the policies that keep the cycle spinning.

About the filmmakers:

Stefani Saintonge is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and adjunct professor based in New York. She is the recent recipient of the ESSENCE Magazine Discovery Award for her narrative short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls and sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, was named Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, where she currently teaches. Haitian-American and proud, her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is also a freelance cinematographer. Chantal Flores is a Mexican independent journalist. She has worked in publications in Ghana, Toronto, and New York, and as a media consultant for IWPR in Latin America. For the past years, she has been investigating the social impact of immigration in Mexico and Central America.


View photos of the event


A book reading with Mr. Jorge Suárez Vélez of his book

Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer

Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Moot Court, on the 6th floor, New Building

(524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)

Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer is an urgent and timely diagnostic about the historic opportunity that Mexico has to accelerate its economic development.

How? Since 2008, when the growth of industrial countries diminished, nations like Brazil, Russia, India and China compensated with their vigorous development. However, in actuality those same engines are beginning to slow down and have propitiated an unforeseen crisis in Europe. That process will nurture populist, nationalist, and isolationist movements but it can also become a timely catalyst to adopt postponed measures, as explained by Jorge Suárez Vélez. After several years of industrial capacity that has migrated to China, explains the author, the tendency begins to reverse itself as the Asian nation allows for competitiveness and many North American companies favor the geographical closeness with Mexico. In addition, the selection of Brazil as the chosen destination of foreign investment in Latin America is changing, and many investors have set their sights on Mexico for the relative superiority of its manufacturing industry, its commercial strength and its minimal bureaucratic burden. With an agile style, this minuscule analysis of Mexico's economical panorama adds a key element: the energetic integration with the United States offers an ideal setting to generate an economic cooperation in the region and enables Mexico to become, against all the prognostics, the principal beneficiary of the consolidation of the United States markets.



Cosponsored Event:

Reform Without Justice. Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State by CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies' Board Member, Alfonso Gonzales

Book Launch Reception and Panel Discussion at NYU

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Floor 4, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003


Cristina Beltran, Author of “The Trouble with Unity” & Professor at NYU, Latino Studies

Juan Gonzalez, Journalist and Author of “Harvest of Empire”

David Brotherton, Author of numerous books and Professor at John Jay College, Department of Sociology

Monica Nova, Human Rights Advocate and Consultant with Families for Freedom

The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.

About the book: Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent Latino migrant movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions what forces are driving draconian migration control policies and why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, the Latino migrant movement and its allies have not been able to more successfully defend the rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Latino migrant movement and its allies face a dynamic form of political power that he terms "anti-migrant hegemony". This type of political power is exerted in multiple sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and local government institutions, through which a rhetorically race neutral and common sense public policy discourse is deployed to criminalize migrants. Most insidiously anti-migrant hegemony allows for large sectors of "pro-immigrant" groups to concede to coercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Given this reality, Gonzales sustains that most efforts to advance immigration reform will fail to provide justice for migrants. This is because proposed reform measures ignore the neoliberal policies driving migration and reinforce the structures of state violence used against migrants to the detriment of democracy for all. Reform without Justice concludes by discussing how Latino migrant activists - especially youth - and their allies can change this reality and help democratize the United States.

“A riveting and groundbreaking account of the modern battle over U.S. immigration policy. Alfonso Gonzales has not only managed to unravel the direct relationship between global capitalism and massive Latino migration to this country, he has fashioned an illuminating analysis of the internal class and racial conflicts that shaped the immigrant rights movement over the past decade — between liberal establishment groups merely seeking immigration reform and grassroots Latino leaders of a new human rights movement.”

— Juan González, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

“Reform Without Justice is a timely and courageous text that should be required reading for scholars and activists alike. It is an important contribution and bravely offers the critical perspective necessary for the achievement of truly just and humane migration policy.”

–Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis



Cosponsored with Bronx Institute and Bronx Parks

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (Election Day) 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

An Invitational Symposium Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Bronx Parks System

“Utilizing New York City Parks Across the Disciplines”

Location: Lehman College, East Dining Room in Music Building

Pre-Registration required (but no fees). To participate, contact a.s.a.p.:



















Flyer for Sean Arce event

Sean Arce Talks about the outlawing of Mexican-American Studies in Arizona

Nov. 4 9 AM to 12:00 PM East Dining Room, Lehman College, Cosponsored with Lehman DREAM Team

Nov. 6 TBD Brooklyn College, Cosponsored with Brooklyn College DREAM Team


Precious Knowledge



March for Immigrant Dignity & Respect, Oct. 5, 2013. Organized by 2013 Becario Manuel Castro

The Route of Death: Migrants in Transit in Mexico



















Moyses Zuniga

Oct. 22, 2013 • 6 PM
Graduate Center, Room 9207, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street 6 PM
A talk by Rubén Figueroa, human rights activist, and Moysés Zúñiga, photographer, on their work defending the human rights of Central American migrants in Mexico.

Sponsored by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, CUNY; and NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

For more information, click here.


Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Lecture: Our youth AND our families: Undocumented youth activism and immigrant rights politics

Friday, October 11, 2013 11 AM East Dining Room, Music Building, Lehman College
Professor Amalia Pallares, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
Welcome Remarks: President Ricardo Fernández Cosponsored with President and Provost's Offices, Women’s Studies Program, Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, and Lehman DREAM Team (Lehman College)

Friday October 18, 2013 Festival de la Palabra 12-2 PM La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street). Debate− “América Latina: un viaje literario de ida y vuelta”, con Cristina Fernández Cubas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, José Manuel Fajardo, Carlos Vázquez Cruz, and Valeria Luiselli. Cosponsored with School of Arts and Humanities, Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, Dept. of Languages and Literature, La Casa Azul Bookstore

Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies: High School students from throughout New York City converged on Lehman College to present their research on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies on June 21st, 2013. ISLAS was created to provide a space where students could share and discuss their work with other students, academics, and the greater community of New York. The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies hosted the event in partnerships with the AfroLatin@ Forum, Mex and the City's Movement Makers Program, the New York Collective of Radical Educators, and the Tertulia Resolana: High School~College~Community~Collaborative. The Latino and Latin American Studies Program at Queens College also sponsored ISLAS, and will host the The Second Annual High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino and Latin American Studies at the end of the Spring semester of 2014. Video courtesy of Charles Reynoso | AfroLatin@ Forum. Video.

Ciclo de Cine Documental: Mexican Documentary Film Festival

Latin American Women in Education, Science and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities in the Knowledge Society
Dr. Judith Zubieta García, UNAM
Lehman College
Thursday April 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is delighted to cosponsor a lecture by
Dr. Judith Zubieta García of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Dr. Zubieta coordinates UNAM's Online and Distance Education. She has a distinguished career promoting women in technology and the sciences. Cosponsors: Office of the Provost, Women's Studies, and Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies.

Launching Ceremony of The Baja Musical Arts Initiative, April 19, 2013 7-10 PM at the Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, Room 9205, 365 Fifth Avenue. Cosponsored with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. The event will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, click here or call (646)996-9467. For more information about the Baja Musical Arts Intitative, visit or Facebook.

Cátedra Cultura de México with Professor Angelina Muñiz Huberman
April 23, 24, and 25, 2013. City College.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:00-6:00 PM Mexico's Forgotten Languages/Lenguas Olvidadas de México. The Mott Haven Bronx Public Library. 321 East 140th Street at Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454. Register for the event. Discover Mexico's linguistic diversity with us as we uncover Mexico's forgotten indigenous languages. Join us as we bring together the local Nahuatl and Mixtecto communities of New York to hear personal accounts as well as video footage on what it means to speak an indigenous language, not a "dialect." Come and see how awareness on how to better serve this growing multilingual community.

Monday, November 26, 2012 Film screening of Precious Knowledge at Lehman College from 3:00 PM in Carman B36. The documentary focues on the the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. After the film please join us for a discussion about the film and the current change in immigration attitude as a result of the presidential election. Sponsored by the Lehman College D.R.E.A.M. Team.

Friday, November 9, 2012. The American Heart Association's "Tu Corazon Latino" Summit at the Time Warner Center in NYC.The Summit attracts community leaders and issue experts from the Latino community throughout the metropolitan region. Hosted by CBS2 News Medical Correspondent (and American Heart Association Board Member) Dr. Max Gomez, this event will take an in-depth look at how cardiovascular disease impacts the Latino population, across generations. Beginning with a focus on youth, the event will focus on the trajectory from disease prevention to disease management with a targeted review of issues affecting senior populations. This is a public event and is free of charge. Visit to register for this complimentary event.

Monday, November 12, 2012 Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, 6-8 PM at the Graduate Center, Room 9205, 365 Fifth Avenue. Together with the Center for Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, we co-host Several Ways to Die in Mexico City: An Autobiography, a discussion of the book by Kurt Hollander. The lecture will discuss the relationship between death and mega-cities in the developing world (using Mexico City as an example), how globalization is changing this relationship, and its effects on local culture. Originally from New York, Hollander has been living in Mexico City for the past 23 years and is a writer (London Guardian, The Ecologist, NY Times, LA Times, Letras Libres), photographer, filmmaker (Carambola), magazine editor (the Portable Lower East Side, Poliester) and translator.

College Prep Fair at Lehman CollegeSaturday, October 20, 2012 10:00 AM-6:00 PM at the Apex, Lehman College.Sponsored by New Futuro, in conjunction with the Consulate of Mexico in New York:e hundreds of bilingual representatives from universities, colleges, and community organizations as well as dozens of small educational sessions with college and career experts--all there to answer your questions and help you get into college and beyond.

Mexican Itineraries: Relocating Literature, Culture, and the NationA conference sponsored by the CUNY PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures featuring leading scholars from the U.S. and Mexico. October 10-12 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Creation of CUNY Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for the Mexican and Mexican American Community

Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Consulate and CUNY

Five college fairs, in five CUNY campuses in each of the five boroughs over five years, to promote enrollment in CUNY by Mexican and Mexican-American students

Three conferences on Mexican Immigrants in New York held at Baruch College (2010, 2006) and Lehman College (2006) and sponsored by the Task Force.

Development of Sí Se Puede website

Development with New York City Tech of a restaurant workers' certificate program

Leadership training program at Baruch College with community leaders

Profiling of Mexican community and leaders on CUNY-TV's program Nueva York

Formation of Faculty Initiative for Mexican Studies Initiative

Meeting between CUNY, Department of Education, and Mexican Consulate to address Mexican educational achievement, especially K-12

Mexican and Mexican-American Studies minor at Lehman College

Mex-Ed and MASA: Programs to promote educational achievement of young people

Scholarship fund (IME-Becas) established through the Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME, Institute for Mexicans Abroad) of the Mexican government ($62,000 allocated for 2011-12)