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The Bronx Immigration Finding Aid Project
The Bronx Immigration Finding Aid is an inventory of resources that specifically relate to the impact “new” immigration (post-1965) has had in the Bronx. Its purpose is to be a timesaving research and reference tool, benefiting students, teachers, staff and researchers. The scope of the project was to determine what resources are available and accessible. The finding aid illustrates there is a variety of sources that deal with immigration related topics. It also assists in determining where there are gaps in research and publication. There are several ways to explore and utilize the information within the finding aid. The finding aid is formatted in both Microsoft Excel and Access. The Access database is designed to manipulate and highlight relationships among the data. Access permits the user to create reports, forms, queries, tables and graphs to fit the user’s needs. There are seven (7) versions of the finding aid in Excel. These worksheets are the most convenient way to investigate the resources. All seven worksheets contain the same information; however, each one is organized by a unique search parameter:
  • Ethnic Group
  • Country of Origin
  • Resource Type
  • Resource Location
  • Topic(s)
  • Printer Friendly Version (quick reference guide)
  • Original Version (can be formatted by the user in any way that suits his or her needs)
For further information about the Bronx Immigration Finding Aid, contact the Bronx Institute at 718-960-5806.


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PSC CUNY Grant
Bronx Tales: New Immigrants and Urban Rebirth

David A. Badillo and Herminio Martinez, "Bronx Tales: Old Immigrants, New Immigrants, and Urban Revitalization in The Bronx." PSC-CUNY Faculty Grant 36-1247 [2005-2006] (Preliminary research for a book-length study on old and new immigrants in The Bronx.)

David A. Badillo and Andrea Hill, "Making of 'Mr. Bronx': Elias Karmon, the Puerto Rican Community, and Ethnic Relations in the 1950s" (Research for an article in a scholarly journal on the life and work of a prominent Bronxite.)

David A. Badillo, "From Tejanos to Transnationals: The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Evolution of Latino Civil Rights." (Book length study of a major Latino civil rights organization.)

The City University of New York maintains its reputation as a major research institution by supporting intellectual enquiry in all areas of scholarship and for creative activities. The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York, the members of the Professional Staff Congress, and City and State Budget officials have recognized the importance of encouraging the scholarly and creative activities of the University's faculty, through the Research Award Program of the Professional Staff Congress City University of New York (PSC-CUNY).


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Middle School Physics Instruction
In their recently published article, “"Teaching Newton’s Laws to Urban Middle School Students in a College-Based Science Enrichment Program,” Lehman College Professor Angela M. Kelly and Hunter College High School physics teacher Ross Kennedy-Shaffer describe an innovative approach to teaching physics in low-income urban areas such as The Bronx, where just 15% of students have taken physics compared to approximately 37% of all Americans. Early exposure to physics through high-quality instruction aims to increase the number of minority students who pursue advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) study and careers. To maximize student interest and understanding, the authors designed a three-week unit on Newton’s laws that challenged twenty eighth grade ENLACE students to create free body diagrams and use a variety of internet applications, real-time data sensors, and graphs. The authors compared pre- and post-test scores on force concepts to measure the effectiveness of their approach. The results showed that the teaching strategies engaged students and helped them develop a sound conceptual understanding of Newton’s laws.


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Publications
  • THE LATINO EDUCATIONAL CRISIS: Do Teachers Hold the Key to Transforming the Educational Outcomes of Latino Students? By Mildred Vazquez, Gloria Zuazua and Herminio Martinez.
  • BEYOND ELLIS ISLAND: Latino Immigration to the United States. By Joel Najar.


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