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CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute




First Blacks in the Americas

The first digital platform in academia presenting a comprehensive history of the Americas’ earliest African inhabitants is now live

Examine the African presence in the Dominican Republic.




    We are proud to announce that the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
    (CUNY DSI) has been awarded a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History  
    grant. In collaboration with the national initiative, Latino Americans: 500 Years of
    History, CUNY DSI has organized a series of events to honor and recognize
   Dominican WWII veterans through an exhibit, a scholarly panel, and the
   screening of two episodes of the documentary Latino Americans.



  Spotlight-thumb  DOMINICAN BLUE BOOK

    The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is pleased to announce the launching 
    of the Dominican Blue Book, a series of online profiles celebrating the accomplishments
    of all the generations of Dominican students who have graduated from CUNY.




CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Founded in 1992 and housed at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation's first university-based research institute devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world. CUNY DSI's mission is to produce and disseminate research and scholarship about Dominicans, and about the Dominican Republic. CUNY DSI is the locus for a community of scholars, including doctoral fellows, in the field of Dominican Studies and sponsors multidisciplinary research projects.

The Institute houses the Dominican Archives and the Dominican Library, the first and only institutions in the United States collecting primary and secondary source material about people of Dominican descent. In 2010, the Institute opened its Archives and Library facility to art exhibitions, thus becoming the first exhibit space in New York City devoted exclusively to work by and about people of Dominican descent.  The Institute organizes lectures, conferences, and exhibitions that are open to the public.

The Institute is headed by renowned sociologist and public intellectual Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., author of pioneering texts in the areas of migration, labor, and Dominican studies. She is a trustee of the Sociological Initiatives Foundation. 


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