Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities
ASHP/CML is partnering with Bronx Community College, CUNY, on the NEH-sponsored faculty development program, Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities. Involving 18 BCC faculty, the 18-month program is designed to deepen and expand the teaching of Latino/a history and culture across the disciplines. The program focuses on two broad themes: citizenship and the law, and racial and gendered identities. Its four areas of activity include a seminar series with guest lecturers—including Harry Franqui Rivera (Centro, Hunter), Miriam Jiménez Román (NYU), Suzanne Oboler (John Jay), and Lauren Thomas (Rutgers)—along with curriculum development mentoring, online reading discussions, and a culminating conference. The goal is to assist faculty in creating three integrated courses around themes in Latino/a history for the college's Learning Community Program (LC). The program is directed by professors Peter Kolozi, Brandi Rima, and Crystal Rodriguez (Kolozi and Rodriguez participated in ASHP's 2013-2015 NEH-sponsored Bridging Historias through Latino History and Culture program.