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CUNY Becas Workshop 
February 25, 2017 
11:00AM- 2:00PM 
El Museo de los Sures

(120 S1st, Brooklyn, New York 11249)

CUNY Becas Workshop 
February 15th, 2017
Hunter College, 1220 East 
1:00PM- 3:00PM 
(695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065)


CUNY Becas Workshop 
February 10, 2017 
Nutritio Club 

(301 West 128th St, New York, NY 10468)

CUNY Becas Workshop 
February 07, 2017 
Lehman College, Faculty Dinning Room 
6:00PM- 7:00PM
(250 Bedford  Park Blvd, W, Bronx, NY 10468)


Sanctuary: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on an Activist Category
December 8, 2016
6:00PM- 8:00PM
Barnard College, Julius S. Held Lecture Hall

In the weeks since the election, calls for sanctuary campuses have become central to the preemptive organizing to protect the rights of undocumented people and other vulnerable populations now at intensified risk. What does sanctuary mean in the contemporary United States? An idea with antecedents in medieval religious practice, a sanctuary, was most recently recuperated in the movement to protect Central American refugees in the 1980s and the contemporary idea of sanctuary cities. This interdisciplinary panel explores sanctuary's legal, political, social, and historical connotations as well as its strategic uses. What could the designation of sanctuary spaces on university campuses mean for strategies of mobilization and resistance now and in the future?

Taller de CUNY Becas
Miercoles 21 de diciembre del 2016
Consulado General de Mexico

Join us for our second CUNY BECAS 2017 workshop! Today more than ever education is a key tool in standing up for our community. To better serve our future scholarship applicants we will be hosting an information session and a writing workshop. Come learn how to prepare the best winning essay. Bring a copy of your rough drafts. Bring your resume. Don't know what to write? Come brainstorm with past scholarship recipients. Don't miss this opportunity! If you plan on bringing a rough draft please make sure to call 347-298-5270 to guarantee a place with an advisor.


Studying Abroad While DACAmented 
Friday, November 18, 2016 
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), Room N-452 

Join the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, CUNY Citizenship Now!, and the Study Abroad Office at BMCC for an informational session on how to study and travel abroad while DACAmented. Mr. Joseph Lavetsky, staff attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now!, will be available to answer your questions. Students who have participated in previous study abroad programs will share their experiences and testimonies. Don't miss many exciting announcements by Dr. Galvez, director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute on upcoming study abroad opportunities in Mexico.

Free event, open to the whole CUNY community.


Community Knowledge, Ethnic Identity & Activism 
Monday, November 14, 2016
The City College of New York, NAC Lecture Hall 1/2013

As part of our Ed Series, join us for the talk Teachers from Oaxaca reflect on Community Knowledge, Ethnic Identity and Activism During an Era of Mexican Education Reform with Fernando Soberanes and Mayem Arellanes Cano, indigenous teachers from the Coalition of Indigenous Teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico (CMPIO). The talk will speak on the issue of education in indigenous communities. 

This talk is part of a national speaking tour in collaboration with Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLENM), Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University (ISLA), and the University of New Mexico.

Dia de los Muertos CUNY BECAS Fundraiser
November 1st, 2016
Lehman College


Launch of our 2017 CUNY BECAS Scholarship Program!
November 8, 2016 
General Consulate of Mexico 

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute is proud to announce the official launch of the 2017 CUNY Becas scholarship program at the College Access for Undocumented Students workshop offer by the Window of Educational Opportunities.  Come learn how to apply to CUNY Becas and how to access higher education!




Education Symposium
The Mexican Community Accessing Education
Friday October 21st
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
CUNY School of La

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY invites you to a one-day education symposium that celebrates the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities Initiative of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Join us for this event where you will be able to meet the neighborhood networks that are working to promote educational achievement among Mexican communities, listen to academic experts on educational equity and express your ideas on ways in which we can continue empowering the Mexican community in New York City.


Annual Meeting

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:30 PM

CUNY Central Offices, Room 818-819

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY  had its Annual Meeting.

At the meeting, we will discuss all of the exciting things we're working on for the coming academic year.

The annual meeting is open to all. Those who attend the meeting are considered part of the Institute's Advisory Board. Elections will be held for vacant positions.

Nominations will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting for all posts. Candidates must be present to be nominated to the Board. Students are welcome to run for the Board.

See you there!

*Registration is strongly suggested to facilitate your entrance into the building. An identification card will be needed to enter the building.

Hispanic Film Festival

Every Wednesday from September 7th to October 5th

Lehman College, Lovinger Theatre 6:00 PM


The Department of Languages and Literatures invites you the Hispanic Film Festival! Every Wednesday from September 7th to October 5th a film from Latin America will screen at the Lovinger Theatre.

September 7th Who is Dayani Cristal? (Mexico)
September 14th The return (Costa Rica)
September 21st With my heart in Yambo (Ecuador)
September 28th Here and there (USA, Spain, Mexico)
October 5th Chinese take-away (Argentina)

Admission is free and open to all. The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute will be co-sponsoring the screenings on September 7th and September 28. Delicious Mexican tamales will be served, courtesy of us! See you there!


Consulta con jóvenes mexicanos/ Town Hall with Mexican Youth
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
CUNY Central Offices, Room 818-819

El Consulado General de México en Nueva York, en colaboración con el Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) y el Instituto de Estudios Mexicanos Jaime Lucero en CUNY, con el fin de mejor servir a la comunidad mexicana que reside en los Estados Unidos ¡quiere escuchar tu voz!

Si eres un joven mexicano o mexicoamericano entre 12 y 29 años de edad, acompáñanos a una charla con temas de interés para migrantes viviendo en Estados Unidos y cómo el gobierno mexicano te puede apoyar mejor.


The General Consulate of Mexico in New York, in collaboration with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, in an effort to better serve the Mexican community living in the United States wants to hear your voice! If you are Mexican or Mexican-American between 12 and 29 years of age, join us for an open discussion on topics related to immigrants living in the US and how the Mexican government can better serve you.

*** The IME (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior) is a decentralized agency of the Mexican government's Foreign Ministry to support Mexicans who live and work abroad. The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute is comprised of all of the CUNY faculty, students, staff, and affiliated community-based organizations working on research, advocacy, and services related to Mexico and Mexicans in the United States.



Travel Abroad While DACAmented!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
The City College of New York, CUNY

North Academic Center Building, NAC 3/224

Join the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, CUNY Citizenship Now!, and the City College DREAM Team for an informational session on how to study and travel abroad while DACAmented. Ms. Stephanie Delia, staff attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now!, will be available to answer your questions. Students who have participated in previous study abroad programs will share their experiences and testimonies. Don't miss many exciting announcements by Dr. Galvez, director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute on upcoming study abroad opportunities in Mexico.

Free event, open to the whole CUNY community.

Click here for upcoming travel abroad opportunities to Mexico.

Click here for travel abroad opportunities throughout CUNY.


To empower a community, empower a woman. Women are involved in all of the major struggles of our time in leadership roles and behind the scenes, rarely given enough credit for the visible and invisible labor they do. This series of events throughout the Spring of 2016 explores the roles that women play in the immigrant rights movement, the campaign for humanized birth, for civil rights, cultural expression, and more. It is the ties forged by women as activists, as workers, as mothers, daughters, sisters, as midwives, and especially as luchadoras that bind the US and Mexico together, and it is their work that is setting the tone for struggles for rights and dignity in the hemisphere. Join the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY for this wide-ranging series of events and activities throughout New York City and beyond.


Dehumanization of Food and Birth Across Borders

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 10016
(365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016)

In her book A Bun in the Oven, Barbara Katz Rothman, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at CUNY, explores the tension between the industrial demands of mass-management and profit-making, and the social movements—composed largely of women coming together from very different feminist sensibilities—which are working to expose the harmful consequences of industrialization, and make birth and food both meaningful and healthy.

¡Felicidades a Don Jaime Lucero!

We are proud to announce:

On May 6th, 2016 we celebrated the official dedication ceremony of the Institute in honor of Mr. Jaime Lucero. It was an emotional event in which Mr. Jaime Lucero was honored for his great work and his dedication to his community. The Institute very proudly carries his name, a symbolism of his legacy, of tenacity and perseverance.

Mr. Lucero, whose motto is "economic and political empowerment through education," is very consistent with the goals of the Institute. His dedication to the community has acquired him respect and admiration from our Becari@s, CUNY Becas scholarship recipients, and the Mexican community as a whole.

Lucero was born in 1957 in the Mexican state of Puebla. He arrived in the United States in 1975 with little English and little money or marketable skills. He found a job as a dishwasher at a Queens restaurant. Thanks to his ambition and work ethic, he was able to buy a truck and begin a delivery business. Ten years later, he established a warehouse. Today, his New Jersey-based Gold and Silver Inc. is one of the largest importers and distributors of high-end clothing in the United States. Through it all Mr. Lucero has never forgotten the help he received along the way. He is the founder and president of Casa Puebla New York-New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support and promote the Hispanic community and culture, both in New York and in Mexico.

Caring for them all:
Immigrant Mexican Women in New York City and Their Children Here and There

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 8301

(365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016)

Join us and the Indigenous Migration Workshop Series of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center for a lecture about transnational mothering and children in binational care constellations. Dr. Gabrielle Oliveira, explores the tension behind the ideals migrant mothers have of caregiving and "mothering".


The History of Professional Midwifery in Mexico

A Lecture by Dr. Ana María Carrillo

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6 PM

365 Fifth Avenue, NYC, Room C203



No más bebés (no more babies)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lehman College, CUNY Lovinger Theater
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY, 10468

"They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized."

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY and the Lehman Dream Team is proud to present a film screening of No más bebés as part of our ongoing series, Mujeres en la Lucha. No Más Bebés tells the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, these mothers stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserted that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This important film lifts up the significant contribution of Chicana activists who sought to redefine reproductive politics--not only as the right to abortion, but also the human right to bear a child. Their demand that the needs of poor women and women of color be heard resonates powerfully, as women’s reproductive choice is under attack and the reproductive justice movement struggles to insure that all women have a voice in the debate.


Associate Professor Tatyana Kleyn at City College, Director of the School of Education’s Programs in Bilingual Education and TESOL presents:

Una Vida, Dos Países [One Life, Two Countries]

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM
City College, CUNY Aaron Davis Hall
West 135th Street and Convent Avenue


Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 PM
Lehman College, CUNY Lovinger Theater
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY, 10468

In the last five years one million Mexicans living in the US have returned to their country of origin. The film explores the lives of US born or raised children and youth who make up this statistic and are (back) in Mexico. The short documentary illustrates the realities, challenges and opportunities they face living, studying, and adapting in two nations. It focuses on building awareness and education about this growing subgroup of immigrants through a mix of personal stories, relevant facts, and statistics. The film will have an accompanying curriculum that can be used in the US, Mexico and other nations.


Study Abroad While DACAmented

Friday, March 4th, 2016

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10017

Room N-425

Free event, open to all CUNY students


Join the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY and the Study Abroad office at the Borough of Manhattan Community College for an informative workshop on how to study abroad while DACAMented. The workshop will be facilitated by CUNY Citizenship Now! Attorney, Mr. Joseph Lavetsky. Students who have participated in previous study abroad programs will share their experiences and testimonies. We will be announcing our summer study abroad programs at this event, don't miss out!


The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY is proud to present:

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

Monday, March 7th, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Lehman College, CUNY Faculty Dining Room, Music Building

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY, 10468

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) is a film about courage, facing insurmountable obstacles and the determination to fight for justice. In an environment where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, 24 year-old Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being undocumented and sexually abused, an ordeal all too common in her community. We follow Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times as she becomes a beacon in a movement for national change. Along her journey Angy inspires her undocumented mother Maria to speak openly about her status as well. Through verite footage and candid interviews, we witness firsthand the all too real consequences faced by over 11 million undocumented people in America today, many of whom have no options for a pathway to citizenship.

Join us after the film for a panel discussion with our 2013 Becari@ and protagonist of the film, Angy Rivera, Leticia Escobar from Sanctuary for Families, Rosanna Eugenio representative of CUNY Citizenship Now!, and Juan Vargas representative of Safe Horizon.


The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, El Centro de Atención a la Familia Migrante Indígena (CAFAMI) and New Haven Sister Cities (NHSC)


La Casa Rosa

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 6:00 PM

Lehman College, CUNY Recital Hall, Music Building, Room 306

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY, 10468

Join us for the performance of La Casa Rosa by El Centro de Atención a la Familia Migrante Indígena (CAFAMI). CAFAMI performs their plays for a variety of audiences including; rural communities in Mexico, academic institutions and community based organizations in Mexico and the United States. La Casa Rosa is a play in Spanish with English subtitles, showcases the everyday realities confronted by rural indigenous communities in Mexico with a high incidence of U.S.-Mexico migration. The play was written by Daniel Carlton and Soame Citlalime in 2009. The play is based on the real life stories of migrants families of San Francisco Tetlanohcan. Many of the performers that comprise Matlacueyetl participated as performers for the group Soame Citlalime. This tour features new scenes created by Matlacueyetl. The one-hour play weaves together a series of stories to foreground immigration as human rights issue. Themes of the play include the impact of neoliberal reforms on local agrarian economies in Mexico, human rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the ever-pressing issue of family disintegration felt by transnational migrant communities today.

About the Performers and the Organization

Matlacuyetl, is the artistic name for 23 members who are part of el Centro de Atención a la Familia Migrante Indígena. The women who comprise Matlalcuyetl are not professional actors, dancers, or singers. They are women who are part of a global movement for freedom, self-determination, justice, and equality for women and families. They are all from the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, a region with a high incidence of U.S.-Mexico migration. In the last decade, Tlaxcala’s incidence of U.S.-Mexico migration has increased dramatically. As a response to this migration, community members together with local women founded CAFAMI in 2007. Today, CAFAMI serves as a space where individuals can come together and work to counteract negative consequences and social problems related to migration. CAFAMI engages in local and transnational grassroots efforts to address social inequalities related to U.S.-Mexico migration. These efforts encompass gender rights, human rights, and the rights of indigenous communities. Through a variety of workshops and activities CAFAMI provides local women with the training in leadership and skills that enable them to claim their human rights and fight for the rights of migrants. To accomplish this, the women of CAFAMI learn about, reflect upon, and take action around the social, economic, and political forces that fuel U.S.-Mexico migration. Through the education and training received in CAFAMI, women participants have developed a series of theatre plays that call attention to the social injustices that they and their community live day-to-day. These plays are directly informed by theater of the oppressed methodology and popular education techniques. CAFAMI uses theater as a tool to illustrate and to raise awareness regarding their experiences as indigenous women living in a community where processes of colonization, neo-colonialism, and neoliberal forces shape daily lives.


¡Alto a las deportaciones!

Taller informativo contra la deportación

Sábado, febrero 13 del 2016 1:30PM a 3:30PM

Lehman College, CUNY East Dining Room, Music Building

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY, 10468

El instituto de Estudios Mexicanos Jaime Lucero de CUNY, en colaboración con Families for Freedom, los invita a participar en el taller informativo contra la deportación.

El taller incluye información política sobre el origen de la crisis de deportaciones que enfrentamos. Acompáñanos para aprender sobre sus derechos, cómo prepararse en caso de una detención, que hacer cuando alguien es detenido , y la forma en que se organiza para luchar contra las deportaciones.

El taller es gratis y abierto a la comunidad.

Scholarship Application Workshops


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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

New Rochelle High School

265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801

In the Library

Volante en español

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Church of the Living Hope

(161 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029)

Volante en español

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12:15 PM

Queens College, CUNY

(65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367)

Honors Hall, Room 17

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6:00 PM

H.A.N.D.S Community Center at St. Jerome Church

(230 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY


Thursday, February 11, 2016

12:15 PM to 2:00 PM

Brooklyn College, CUNY

2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Event is being hosted by the Mexican Heritage Student Association

Thursday, February 11, 2016

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Baruch College, CUNY

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-110

One Bernard Baruch Way

55 Lexington Ave at 24th Street, NY NY 10010

Event is co-sponsored by MexiCulture

Friday February 12, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Nutritional Club

301 West 128th Street NY, NY 10027

Saturday, February 13, 2016

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pan American International High School

(45-10 94th Street, Elmhurst, NY 113731)

Sunday, February 14th

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Saint Andrews Church

(22 Post Street, Yonkers NY 10705)

Volante en español

Sunday, February 14th

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

(328 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Atlas : DIY

462 36th Street, #PH-B, Brooklyn, NY 11232




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 is honored to present: México Maya a performance by Dzul Dance.

Performances on: Wednesday, October 8th at 8:00pm and 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)