Office of the President

Office of the President

FALL 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


Welcome to the Fall 2018 semester at Hostos Community College!

David Gómez, PresidentThe start of a new school year is always a time of hope. Students are eager to learn, to achieve, and to make the most of themselves. Hostos faculty and staff are here to help you do exactly that; it’s what the College has been doing for fifty years – and counting. Whether this is your first day of class or the start of your last semester, you are truly welcome at Hostos.
 

The great African-American inventor and botanist George Washington Carver once observed:  “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Freedom comes in many forms – intellectual, emotional, social, and financial – and there are many ways for it to be pursued. Whatever your educational goals may be, we are here to help you succeed.

You enter through our doors at a propitious time. The College’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations prompted a great deal of reflection on the past and planning for the future. Based on recent achievements, things look bright! Students and faculty have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields both here and abroad.

For the second time since 2013, the Hostos Repertory Company traveled to Scotland to perform in the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hostos is the only community college in North America that performed at the festival.

Five Hostos students went to Puerto Rico as part of the CUNY Service Corps’ “NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.” I had the privilege of joining them and witnessing the damage and participating in the ongoing repair efforts. Much remains to be done before Puerto Rico is restored, but I was deeply moved by the courage of its citizens and greatly heartened by the long, hard hours of selfless labor put in by Hostos students.

Our Women’s basketball team clinched the NJCAA Division Three Women's Basketball National Championship in March 2018, and the team’s achievement was honored with a proclamation from the New York City Council this past June.

Hostos Oral Collective - Over 160 people have been interviewed for this signature 50th anniversary project. Faculty, staff, students and alumni bring the story of Hostos to life. Check out the Collectives archives at:  https://soundcloud.com/user-659383919

Provost Dr. Christine Mangino has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions across the nation to help students be more successful both in college and in the workforce. She was one of only 40 chosen from across the nation.

Hostos’ Caiman collegiate magazine was selected as a "Gold Award Winner" in the 33rd Annual Educational Advertising Awards. Hostos is among 307 Gold Award winners, which includes university-level institutions and more than 2,250 entries.

As you can see, there’s much to be proud of here! Keep me posted on your Hostos experience, and let me know of your achievements. I wish you all the best for the semester – and the school year – ahead.

Sincerely,

David Gómez, President

David Gómez, Ed.D.
President