About Us

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Who We Are

Today, 2 million people of Dominican descent call the U.S. home. Latinxs of Dominican ancestry are also one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, representing the fifth largest Latinx group in the U.S. The Dominican presence here is significant and influential as we continue to grow. However, Dominicans are still working to overcome the many barriers our community faces.

Why Choose Us

DUSA was founded four years ago as a response to the growing needs of Dominican immigrants and citizens of Dominican descent. The organization began its journey at Hostos Community College in 2014. We are now headquartered in the South Bronx of New York City, an area with one of the highest concentrations of Dominicans. We are also located in Rhode Island which also has a high concentration of Dominicans. Our goal is to actively encourage and educate Dominicans and our other Latinx groups to become active participants in the civic and political processes.

What we do

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Civic Engagement

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Citizenship

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Our Values

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Our Team

We are a dynamic, diverse, and passionate group of individuals who are proudly of Dominican descent. We are from the community, empowering the community:

Eddie Cuesta

Eddie Cuesta

Executive Director

Omar Suarez

Omar Suarez

New York Director

Eliana Santos

Eliana Santos

New York Organizer

Leonel Gomez

Leonel Gomez

Full-Stack Web Developer

Sonia Santana

Sonia Santana

Community Outreach Manager

Victoria Laudat

Victoria Laudat

Data Curator

Dinahlee Peña

Dinahlee Peña

Media Content Developer

Our Board

We are a dynamic, diverse, and passionate group of individuals who are proudly of Dominican descent. We are from the community, empowering the community:

Our Board

We are a dynamic, diverse, and passionate group of individuals who are proudly of Dominican descent. We are from the community, empowering the community:

Manny Matos

Manny Matos

President

Anyarlene Bergés

Anyarlene Bergés

Director

Christian Cabral

Christian Cabral

Director

Osmany Rodriguez

Osmany Rodriguez

Director

Eddie Cuesta

Eddie Cuesta

National Director

DUSA’s National Director, Eddie Cuesta, is a non-voting member of DUSA’s Board of Directors. He became a well-known activist in the community through his work with elected officials, NYC community boards, the 1980 Census, the Fordham University Hispanic Research Center, Governor Mario Cuomo’s Advisory Committee for Hispanic Affairs, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and local business development organizations. He has interned with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) as well as aided in the development of a micro-enterprise project seeking to empower Dominican and Haitian women living in the impoverished Batey Libertad, Valverde Province, Dominican Republic. In 2013, Mr. Cuesta worked as the student recruitment strategist for academic programs at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York. He has been with DUSA since its its inception in 2014 and now serves as CEO.

Our Awards

We are a dynamic, diverse, and passionate group of individuals who are proudly of Dominican descent. We are from the community, empowering the community:

Dominicanos USA Impact Report 2018

Dominicanos USA Annual Report 2019

Summer/Spring 2018 Report of Accomplishments

Dominicanos USA Fall 2017

DUSA Quarterly Report April '18

Dominicanos USA Annual Report 2016-2017

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