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 academic research and knowledge about the Dominican people, particularly those who live in the U.S. In addition to its research unit, the Institute also houses the Dominican Archives and the Dominican Library. The archives, the first and only of its kind outside of the Dominican Republic, is dedicated to preserving the records reflecting the experiences of Dominicans in the U.S., and the library, is the largest depository of bibliographical resources in the U.S. related to Dominican Studies.
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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