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Professors Pares-Kane and Galarza-Ruiz Moderate Dialogue on Rochester's Puerto Rican Community

On Wednesday, October 27th, Marisol Galarza-Ruiz, Professor of Spanish, and Dr. Nayda Pares-Kane, Professor of Sociology, co-moderated a community event titled, "Escuchando su voz: Rochester Area Colleges Listen to the Puerto Rican Community," as a part of University of Rochester's yearlong Sawyer seminar series on "Unbordering Migration.” The public forum aimed to help build partnerships and trust between Rochester’s Puerto Rican community and local colleges and universities. Panelists included Luis Aponte, Monroe Ambulance community liaison; Miguel Melendez Jr., Ibero-American Action League Chief Community Engagement Officer and Rochester City Council; Irene Sanchez, JustCause legal advocate and United in the Distance founder; and Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons, District 22 community advocate and Pretty Girl Productions CEO. Among the many topics discussed were healthcare, education, civic engagement, and how area colleges can best recruit students from the Puerto Rican community in the city of Rochester and surrounding suburbs.


Michael Jacobs
Humanities & Social Sciences