On the heels of last month’s Diaspora Summit, organized by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), on the Rebuild Puerto Rico initiative, CENTRO is collaborating with the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) School of Planning for another summit, Resiliencia y Solidaridad: Encuentro con la Diáspora [Resilience and Solidarity: Meeting with the Diaspora]. The event will take place on June 15, 2018, at the UPR School of Planning. On June 16, there will be a Data Mapping Workshop at the same venue. See more info at CENTRO and below:
Description: The start of hurricane season was a sobering reminder that much of Puerto Rico is not ready for another hurricane. Nine and a half months after Hurricane Maria struck the island as a Category 4 storm, thousands still do not have electricity, with rolling blackouts common. Meanwhile, the monumental task of reconstruction has been overshadowed as of late by the findings of a new Harvard report on the estimated number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.
That being said, it is more important than ever for the diaspora to convene and address issues like these. Such was the case last month at the third Diaspora Summit organized by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. The two-day event took place in East Harlem and fell under the Rebuild Puerto Rico initiative. As always, it was an opportunity to further the diaspora solidarity movement that began in response to the worsening fiscal crisis.
This time, however, an immediate follow up event was scheduled to continue the conversation. On June 15, the diaspora will travel to Puerto Rico for Resiliencia y Solidaridad: Encuentro con la Diáspora, which is presented in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) School of Planning.
“Last month was unprecedented in the sense that we had more island-based panelists than ever before at a Diaspora Summit. Now, we’re moving that conversation back to Puerto Rico in order to continue spreading awareness of the diaspora solidarity movement and sharing resources and knowledge with our island-based counterparts,” said Centro Director Dr. Edwin Melendez.
Thus far, a preliminary program has been released, with over 50 panelists confirmed (to access the full program, click here). Panel topics include: Policy; Energy and Environment; Education; Puerto Ricans in Florida; Food systems, Development, and Sustainability; Housing; Economic Development and Technological Innovation; Centros de Apoyo Mutuo; Physical and Mental Health; Communications and Social Media; Faith-based Communities; Arts and Culture; Data Mapping; and Resiliency and Design; among others.
In addition, there will be a Data Mapping Workshop the following day, June 16, also at the UPR School of Planning. The goal will be for participants to understand the role of community leaders and organizations in the process of rebuilding Puerto Rico and to create maps and other graphics that measure the impact of collective action. The workshop will also focus on data collection and data entry, the coordination of work groups, and other related tasks for volunteers.
In the case of each event, those interested are encouraged to RSVP via the Centro NationBuilder page, where recommended housing accommodations in San Juan can also be found.
To RSVP for ‘Resiliencia y Solidaridad: Encuentro con la Diáspora’, click here.
To RSVP for the Data Mapping Workshop, click here.