Exciting news for Haitian-Americans.
On Monday, May 2 at their board meeting the CUNY Board of Trustees voted to unanimously approve the creation of the Haitian Studies Institute (HSI) at Brooklyn College.
Brooklyn is home to the largest concentration of people of Haitian descent in New York State. The Institute hopes to become a leading international research institute in Haitian Studies, supporting scholars and scholarship concerned with the discipline and to connect research through community outreach around policies that affect the lives of Haitian-Americans and Haiti.
“Last week marked an important occasion in the evolution of the Haitian Studies Institute with the opening ceremony of a two-day conference hosted by Brooklyn College and sponsored by the Haitian Studies Institute planning committee. I was joined by scholars, and other public officials to celebrate their contributions to the creation of this conference and the Institute. I was elated after hearing about the Board’s decision. This is a dream come true,” said Assemblymember Bichotte.The Haitian Studies Institute would not exist had it not been for the contributions of a committed of people. I want to start by acknowledging and thanking Vice Chancellor of CUNY, Jay Hershenson, as well as Dr. Karen Gould, President, Steven Schechter, Executive Director of Governmental and External Affairs, and Dr. Richard Greenwald, Dean of the School of Humanities and the Social Sciences — all of Brooklyn College.They were so receptive to the idea of this Institute, which had been looking for a home for many years, and finally took root here in the heart of one of New York’s largest Haitian communities. I also want to thank the Executive Committee, the planning committee, the conference planning committee who put in so many hours over the past several months to bring all of this to fruition. Last, but not least, I want to thank State Senator Kevin Parker, City Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams, Dr. Jean-Yves Plaisir, and Edu Hermelyn who have been incredibly supportive as well.”“I applaud the CUNY Board of Trustees and my colleagues in government for not only understanding the importance of establishing the Haitian Studies Institute at the City University of New York, but having the foresight to locate the Institute at Brooklyn College whose college community is home to the largest concentration of Haitian Creole speaking residents outside of Haiti. I look forward to supporting the Institute’s work on behalf of the Haitian community I represent and all New Yorkers across our great State,” said State Senator Kevin Parker. – Continue Reading Here