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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.

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.

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 and a representative of CUNY Citizenship Now!

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 6:00 PM

City College, CUNY Aaron Davis Hall

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue

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.

We are now accepting applications for the

2016 CUNY Becas scholarship!

We will be holding preparatory workshops and drop-in assistance at the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute to help applicants submit strong applications. Check out the schedule below.

Scholarship Application Workshops:


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 10454


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 100111)


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Room L2.70.13


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Atlas : DIY

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

Drop-in Assistance at the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute Located at Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room 241 ( 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx, NY). Bring your application materials and receive advice from current and past scholarship winners.

Drop-in Assistance Schedule:

To schedule your Drop-in appointment, click here

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop or drop by the Institute during office hours with application materials to receive guidance. All workshops and open hours will be attended by prior winners of the CUNY Becas Scholarship who will assist applicants in preparing strong application packages.

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NYCEdú is a source for all of the information you and your family need about navigating educational opportunities in New York City. Learn more about services, resources and opportunities for all ages, from infancy to adult education. Visit our bilingual webpage and sign up for alerts to learn more.

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NYCEdú es un recurso para que usted y su familia se informe y aprenda a aprovechar todas las oportunidades educativas que existen en la cuidad de Nueva York. Descubra y aprenda sobre los servicios, recursos, y oportunidades disponibles para todas las edades, desde la infancia hasta la educación para adultos. Visite nuestra página virtual bilingüe y regístrese para recibir avisos y mas información.

Interested in taking a mexican studies courses at CUNY?

Check out the courses being offered this Spring 2016.

The Dream.US national:     February 15, 2016.

TheDream.US national scholarship fund provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who have DACA or TPS approval and who, without financial aid, cannot afford a college education that will enable them to participate in the American workforce.

TheDream.US is offering two types of scholarships – one for first-time college students and one for community college graduates who want to complete their bachelor’s degree at one of the partner colleges.

The application will be available starting September 14, 2015. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2016.

For more information on the scholarship, partner colleges, requirements, and application process, click here.

The Chicano Organizing & Research:  February 27, 2016.

Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) is awarding scholarships of $500 each to undocumented high school students who will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. This scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all of their hard work and sacrifice to persevere.

The deadline to apply is February 27, 2016 For more information on the scholarship, requirements, and application process, click here.

Margaret Raley New York State Migrant :    April 15, 2016

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize the educational achievement of migrant farmworker students with a history of migration to and/or within New York State. This award of $500 will be offered annually to an individual student or the amount will be divided among two or more students. The award is supported through resources from the Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children.

The deadline for this scholarship is April 15, 2016

Please call 1-800-245-5681 for the Application Form.

For additional information on the Fund, contact:

Michael Reho, Director

Phone: (800) 245-5681

Write: Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Scholarship Committee Geneseo

Migrant Center 3 Mt. Morris-Leicester Road Leicester, NY 14481

The Davis-Putter Scholarship:      April 1, 2016.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement.

The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016. For more information on the scholarship, requirements, and application process, click here.

The Hispanic Scholarship Foundation:        March 30, 2016

The Hispanic Scholarship Foundation is awarding scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, and community college transfers. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

This scholarship opportunity is open to undocumented students with DACA. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2016 For more information on the scholarship, requirements, and application process, click here.

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