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The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY turns four this month! It’s hard to believe how fast we have grown. Our team has grown from one part time faculty member and two interns, to four full time staff, several part time and a whole team of interns! This has enabled us to work even harder toward our goals of increasing Mexican enrollment in CUNY, promoting the study of Mexico and Mexicans in the US, and support the work of community based organizations that work in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Our work with on the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities project, funded by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, now nearing the end of its three-year cycle, has enabled us to work in all five boroughs, bringing research data, technical support, professional development and community workshops promoting education. It has enabled us to build the bilingual educational resource NYCEdúcate.org which provides information to families interested in educational opportunities for children and adults.

Thanks to support from the Juntos Podemos Foundation, we have expanded our outreach efforts and built the Window of Educational Opportunities, Ventanilla de Oportunidades Educativas, operating at the Consulate of Mexico in New York City and staffed full time by Marlen Fernández, Lehman College Class of 2014, and a team of Becari@s who fulfill their internship requirement there.

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Spring 2016:

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We are proud to announce three major initiatives this Spring:

            • Becas 2016: Our scholarship application period closes February 29, 2016. We’ve already scheduled 34 outreach workshops in all five boroughs to assist prospective applicants in preparing their application, but we are still scheduling more! We expect to have our largest cohort of Becari@s yet! Sign up for updates here.
          • ¡Mujeres en la Lucha! 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.
          • Sobremesa 2016, It is that moment of the year: it is time to start the preparations for Sobremesa, a cross-disciplinary series of activities that explore Mexico and Mexicans in the United States coordinated by the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY and in collaboration with CUNY Food Policy Center. The series will culminate with our annual one-day conference on May 20, 2016 at City College of New York. In previous years we have successfully explored on topics such as Salud, Dinero   y   Amor, the topics of health, money and love examined in a binational context. This year, in honor of the tradition in which a group of people stays at the table after a meal to share important conversations, we have decided to name our series Sobremesa and in 2016 our intention is to focus on a topic that transcends borders and has the power of bringing people together, food.

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