HSI - 2018-20-19 Speaker Series

Celebrating and Deepening John Jay's Status as an HSI

President Karol Mason is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 series of speakers, seminars and conversations to embrace, explore, and promote our identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

You are invited to attend the

Community Hour Lectures (1:40-2:40 PM) in L61 NB

Sponsored by the offices of the President, Provost, Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning Center, and
the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies


José Luis Morín

Monday, September 24, 2018

Understanding Hispanic Institutions: Background and Context for Serving Latinx Students 

Kickoff presentation to the fall HSI Speaker Series by Jose Luis Morin, Chair of Latin American and Latinx Studies. Professor Morín will discuss Latinx history, culture, politics, and social justice issues affecting our HSI community.

José Luis Morín’s areas of specialization include domestic and international criminal justice, civil and international human rights, Latina/o studies, and Latin American studies. He is the founding director of the Rossana Rosado Fellows Program. He is editor of Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, selected by Library Journal as one of the “Best Reference Titles of 2016,” and author of Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States: Perspectives and Approaches, among other publications. Professor Morín served as the founding Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College). He also established the CUNY-wide Latino Faculty Recruitment Initiative and served as its Interim Director. Before John Jay, he was a Visiting Professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and worked as a civil rights and human rights litigator and advocate with organizations, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Latino Justice/PRLDEF).

Nicholas Vargas

Monday, October 15, 2018

Imagining Hispanic Serving Colleges and Universities as Integrated Institutions for
Ethnoracial Justice

Assistant Professor, Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law, University of Florida

Nicholas Vargas received his B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Bloomsburg University, M.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida, and Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University. Before coming to UF, Vargas was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research agenda is interdisciplinary and primarily driven by questions about racialization and racial boundaries. He is currently studying how different groups of Latina/os are perceived racially and how these distinct experiences of race are associated with Latina/os’ racial ideologies, attitudes regarding immigration policy, and the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of close personal networks. Vargas is also researching issues related to racial contestation, the experience whereby one’s personal racial identity does not match how they are perceived racially by others. His scholarly work can be found in journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Social Science Research, and Sociology of Religion, among others.

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez

Monday, November 5, 2018

Citizens but Not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials

Associate Director of Sociology, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez studies race and ethnicity, education, identity and U.S. Latinos. Her work has mainly focused on how kids construct identities in relation to school, how the school and its practices shape these identities, and how these identities influence educational outcomes. Her research has also explored how media discourses on inner-city schools and how these images shape public opinion and policy. She is the author of numerous articles, has written two books, School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (Teachers College Press, 2002) and Citizens but Not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials (NYU Press, 2017), and co-edited two more, Marcha: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Anthony Peguero

Monday, December 10, 2018

Latina/o Criminology: The Importance for Research, Education, Service, and Representation within the Academic Community

Associate Professor of Sociology, Research Affiliate, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Director, Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice, Virginia Tech

Anthony Peguero’s research interests involve youth violence, socialization and marginalization, schools, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. He serves as a consultant on the Cartoon Network’s campaign against bullying, co-editor of Sociology Compass, Crime and Deviance Section, and the editorial board for the journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Journal of Criminal Justice. He is also a National Institute Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, 2015 Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) Fellow, 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Award Winner, 2013 American Society of Criminology Coramae Richey Mann Award Winner, and member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network which holds the dual goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime and justice and of promoting racial democracy within the study of these issues by supporting junior scholars from under-represented groups.

Watch videos of the HSI speaker series on the College’s You Tube channel in the HSI playlist.


Monday, Feb. 26, 2018:

David Rice, Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Academic Accountability; Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology, Morehouse University

Meditations on Visibility Lecture on Learning at a Minority Serving Institution
His research specialization is in the psychology of personality. He has published numerous articles and the book Balance: Advancing Identity Theory by Engaging the Black Male Adolescent, focusing on the intersections of personality and popular culture.

“My background in traditional journalism informs my research psychologist orientation. It is naturally fit to my emphasis on learning from lived experiences, particularly from those whose identities are frequently left unexamined. These life stories ground my identity theory development in strengths. And this approach guides my commentary and popular spins on race, culture, politics, education and most everything in between.”  http://www.dwallrice.com/

Monday, March 5, 2018:

Gina Garcia, Assistant Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh

“Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) should realign their organizational approach in order to liberate themselves and their students. As colonized institutions, HSIs must recognize their history of imperialism before moving towards an organizational model grounded in mestizaje. The mestizaje organizational approach has nine elements. This model is supported by organizational theory, yet it challenges the white normative ways in which postsecondary institutions have been studied and the models that have been used to organize them.”
Gina Garcia profile

Monday, April 16, 2018:

Francisco X. Gaytán, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, Director of ENLACE Leadership Institute, Provost's Fellow for Success and Retention, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education

“Working with first-generation college students is the way to be the change you want to see,” Gaytan said. “It’s all about ‘Once you get the resources for making it, now share it with other people.’ That’s what motivates me, the information sharing that has a really direct and immediate impact," Gaytan says. "It’s exciting and it’s what keeps me going."
#NBCLatino20: Higher Ed Guru Francisco Gaytan

Wednesday, May 2, 2018:

Stella Flores, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University; Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy

“Equity is not just about admissions or outcomes. It’s about processes connected to our federal, state, and institutional missions and policies. Every context has its pathway for equity, through laws, policies, programming, and leadership. If you don’t set up the processes to have a good chance of achieving an equitable outcome, you are just counting the same numbers. To be equitable, you have to look deep within your processes and motivations.”
The Chronicle for Higher Education Article      www.stellamflores.com