In “Latin@s Claim Nueva York With First-Ever Sol Summit NYC,” CENTRO Voices recently announced the Sol (Summit on Latinos) Summit NYC taking place on June 1, 2017, at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. For this summit, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute, the Hispanic Federation, and the Council of the City of New York come together to host a new one-day annual conference on New York City’s Latino communities. The aim is to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the City’s Latinos, assess policy priorities, and develop an action agenda. Here are excerpts from Voices:
There are more than 2.4 millions Latinos residing in New York City, according to the NYC Department of City Planning. That’s an estimated 29% of the city’s total population. But as New Yorkers, it doesn’t come as a surprise (there’s a reason MTA reminds us, si ves algo, di algo). The Bronx, for example, is majority Latino, 54% to be exact. There are also neighborhoods such as El Barrio, Jackson Heights, Washington Heights, Sunset Park, and so on, which are familiar to most New Yorkers as Latino enclaves. In short, there are a lot of us and we’re spread throughout the city among 8.5 million other New Yorkers.
But do we think of New York as a Latino city, like Miami perhaps? Should it be more bilingual as well? There may be 200 languages spoken in New York City, but nearly one-quarter of residents speak Spanish according to a 2012 report. Maybe it depends on who you ask, but in terms of New York City, there definitely needs to be a conversation had—for Latinos and by Latinos.
Luckily, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and several other partners will be hosting the first-ever annual conference on Latinos in New York City. It’s called S.O.L., or the Summit on Latinos and will take place on June 1st at the Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem. There, panels and speakers will spend the day addressing both the present state and future of the Latino community in New York City.
Going back to the numbers, they tell a lot of different stories. Dominicans, for instance, have become a significant presence in the city, surpassing one million. In fact, more Dominicans live in New York City than anywhere in the world besides Santo Domingo. Not surprisingly, those kinds of numbers have translated into political representation—just last year, Adriano Espaillat was elected to the US Congress as the first Dominican-American. In general, Latinos have become nearly one-quarter of the New York City electorate, mirroring the importance of the Latino vote on the national level. [. . .]
To learn more about S.O.L. and to RSVP, please visit the event page by clicking here.