Why is Hispanic heritage month an important time of the year?

Why is Hispanic heritage month an important time of the year?

 

 

            As we wrap up the ending of celebrating Hispanic heritage month, we reflect on why this
month matters. Hispanics have been pillars of America throughout our history. As many of us
assimilate to American values and cultures, the traditions and lineage of our families cannot be
erased. The story and journey of all Hispanics symbolize the American dream.   

We have fought
in wars, contributed to the arts, and are now growing to be one of the largest communities in America.
Hispanic history is also American history and it is important to have a month that recognizes
Latinos of the past, present, and future. Some of us are first or second generation born in
The United States and others are immigrants but we are united by our Hispanic heritage.
Dominicanos USA is proud to continue to add to the impactful Hispanic history of America and
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dusa-young-voiceswe are honored to serve our community. To help us further our mission, please consider donating to our mission

Citizenship Assistance Workshop

Citizenship Assistance Workshop

On Saturday June 10th , Dominicanos USA along with Citizenship Works and the Carnegie Corporation hosted its Citizenship Assistance Workshop at our Bronx headquarters. The response from the community was wonderful and the stories behind each participant were special. Our DUSA team, partners, and group of volunteers dedicated the day to assisting residents on their citizenship application. It’s always great to see the progress being made in the Dominican and overall Latino community and we’re looking forward to our next event next month.

Developing Meaningful Connections with Our Heritage and Homeland

Developing Meaningful Connections with Our Heritage and Homeland

On Monday, May 23 rd 2017, Dominicanos USA (DUSA) collaborated with AJC (American Jewish Committee) to host a summit that featured DUSA, the Consul General of the Dominican Republic, the Consul General of Mexico, and the Consul of Israel in hopes of developing meaningful connections with their heritage and country of origin. The summit was aimed to connect with organizations that can strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and Dominican Republic among other nations. DUSA took the initiative to bring together representatives from the different organizations and people like Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican descended person to be elected to U.S. Congress, among some prominent leaders. We believe making connections with organizations like the American Jewish Committee can benefit from several initiatives that Dominicanos USA can model. The four groups that participated in the summit, Dominican, Israel, Jewish, and Mexican, are examples of immigrant groups in the United States that are growing rapidly. Thus, the collaboration of these four groups for this event is monumental in bridging bonds not only within our Dominican community but also with other groups who share similar plights. This can lead to more global trade, more capital opportunities, and future projects between these groups.

Dominicanos USA advocates for the socio-economic and civic development of people of Dominican descent. One of our goals is also empower our participants to become advocates in advancing U.S. – Dominican relations and this is possible through a series of political empowerment workshops. This summit was vital to continuing the conversation with government officials, media figures, and other influential thinkers who have aligning interests in bettering the Dominican community at the global level. The summit marks the first-step forward in building bridges of cooperation between Dominicans, Dominican-Descended people, and non– Dominicans interested in the well-being of the Dominican community at large.

The May 23 rd summit was highlighted by the president of Dominicanos USA Manuel Matos and was joined by moderator Dina Siegel Vann (Director, Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs), Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel), Diego Gomez Pickering (Consulate General of Mexico in New York), and Carlos A. Castillo (Consulate General of Dominican Republic in New York). The honorary keynote address was presented by Dominican New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat. The event highlights the potential bonds Dominicans can utilize which can further the agendas or needs of the Dominican community and overall Latino/a diaspora. Therefore, a lot can be learned from communicating with different cultures to help identify the best practices for building stronger ties between individuals and their country of birth.

Join DUSA on March 31, 2017 As We Honor 1938 Sanctuary of Jewish Refugees in The Dominican Republic

Join DUSA on March 31, 2017 As We Honor 1938 Sanctuary of Jewish Refugees in The Dominican Republic

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Office of the Dean for Community Relations at Hostos Community College (CUNY) will host a reception and program that will honor individuals who have contributed to research findings or projects associated with the 1938 Jewish migration to Sosúa, Dominican Republic. Honorees include DUSA Board Member Dr. Ramona Hernández, Dominican Consul Carlos Castillo, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat. The event is sponsored by the Dominican Studies Association, Dominicanos USA, American Jewish Committee (AJC), and the City University of New York. Please RSVP by phone at (718) 664-2752 or email at agreyes@hostos.cuny.edu. More information about the event can be found in the flyer below:

DUSA participates in Student Voter Registration Day at Walton High School

DUSA participates in Student Voter Registration Day at Walton High School


On Friday, March 17, Dominicanos USA (DUSA) participated in the annual Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD), thus providing our young people with a voice. Our efforts resulted in hundreds of students receiving a lesson in civic awareness. At Walton High School in the Bronx, we empowered the youth by participating in an information session where we answered questions and spoke to students about the importance of civic engagement. We partnered with NYC Votes, New York City Council, Department of Education, and New York Immigration Coalition to make this happened.

Special Guest Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo, host of the Shoboy Show on 92.3 AMP radio attended a pep rally in the afternoon and gave the students an inspirational talk about the power of hard work and determination. He shared his “chancleta story” with the students which highlighted for them the importance of always projecting a positive image on behalf of yourself and your family.

SVRD is a local initiative that launched March 20, 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of student voter registration. This initiative came to fruition through a joint collaboration between NYC Votes, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, and members of the New Yok City Council. This city-wide initiative has led to over 10,000 high school students registering to vote. In the coming years, DUSA intends to remain a part of SVRD for years to come so that we can continue to provide this message of civic engagement to our youth.

View some of the pictures from our day of raising civic awareness below: