Hostos Community College: Sustainability
The festivals have become rotating biennials which focus on the cultural heritages of two of the principal communities served by the College and the Center.
The Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, the Humanities Department and the Office of International Studies are continuing the study abroad program. The study abroad program in the summer of 2009 focused on the community of Samaná in northeastern Dominican Republic. The community was settled in the 1820’s by North American runaway slaves and freedmen who were relocated to the area under agreement between the U.S. government and Haiti, which at the time held sovereignty over all of the island of Hispaniola. Proffesors Irma Nicasio and Jose Hamilton of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (authorities on the history of Samaná) have joined forces with the Hostos Center and its campus-based partners in developing the course of study and fieldwork itinerary for the summer course. Support continues from the President’s Office and the Humanities Department. The Student Development Division also continued its relationship with the Creative Campus project in 2009.
Significantly the College’s Global Scholars (formerly the Serrano Scholars) honors program enrolled six of their students in the study abroad session in 2009 and has expressed an interest in including some of their students in the study abroad session this summer. The participation of these students helped to develop mentorship within the cohort of cultural guides.
During the course of Hostos’ Creative Campus project there have been changes in institutional leadership, with changes to both the College President and Provost positions. However, committed funds from the Study Abroad Office and the committed efforts of the Humanities Department and the Study Abroad Office have guaranteed the continuation of the study abroad and festival for the next year.