Espaillat, Schumer, Gillibrand deliver $800K federal grant to launch new CUNY DSI-led Cultural/Historical Initiative

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) has received $809,092 in federal funding for the creation of a City University of New York Cultural/Historical Legacy Initiative (CUNY CHLI) that will generate culturally and historically rich curricula and enrichment programs for K-12 students in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. 

CUNY CHLI will provide special training and faculty development programs for teachers and educators. It will use assets and inputs from The City College of New York-based CUNY DSI Archives, Library, and Research Unit to produce educational training and resources that promote and preserve the formidable cultural and historical legacies of Dominican, Latinos/a/x people in the United States. One CUNY CHLI thrust will be to produce a series of children’s books and audiovisual documentaries featuring unsung heroes of Dominican history and culture. 

“I am thrilled to receive such an important grant that will allow us to work even more closely with the next generations who, now more than ever, need to know about the contributions of their ancestors and their parents to U.S. society, so they continue on the same path,” said Dr. Ramona Hernandez, Director, CUNY DSI. “This is really a dream program for us.”

CUNY CHLI will also enhance CUNY DSI’s High School Archival Program. It provides hands-on archival experience and research opportunities through paid internships for high-school students from New York City and beyond, who can also earn course credit for their participation via our Bridge to College Program partnership with NYC Public Schools.

“We are deeply grateful to Representative Adriano Espaillat, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, all long-time friends of City College and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. This support is thanks to them, and they have brought vital vision and leadership to this new and exciting initiative,” said Andrew Rich, the Richard J. Henley and Susan L. Davis Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College. “By fostering culturally responsive curricula for K-12 students and training programs for their teachers, CUNY CHLI will benefit immigrant communities in New York City and throughout the country.” 

About the 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, the first and only of its kind outside of the Dominican Republic, dedicated to preserving the records reflecting the experiences of Dominicans in the U.S., and the Dominican Library, the largest depository of bibliographical resources in the U.S. related to Dominican Studies.

About the City College of New York
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