​The Student Government Association, in partnership with the Office of the President, Office of Student Activities, Office of Academic Affairs and SDEM, will host and present a Black Lives Matter Forum for the College community.

Hostos’ Day-of-Action will address systematic inequality issues at the city, state, and national level in education, employment, healthcare, housing, politics, and beyond while calling for greater transparency, accountability, and change. The forum will focus on affirming Black humanity, contributions to society, and resilience.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.

Zoom event link:

(Meeting ID: 557 888 9841 / Dial by location +1 646 558 8656 New York)

Hector Soto, J.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Law,
Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

Muiz Agbaje, President of the Hostos Student Government Association
Chief Arnaldo Bernabe, Hostos Director of Public Safety
Kristopher Burrell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Department of Behavioral & Social Science
Dr. Eugena K. Griffin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Behavioral & Social Science
Dr. Ernest Ialongo, Professor of History, Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department; 
Chair of the Hostos College-Wide Senate; Co-Director of the Hostos Honors Program  
Jewel Jones, MS Ed., Associate Director of Compliance and Diversity
Tovah Thompson, LMHC, Student Psychological Counselor, Hostos Counseling Center
Tram Nguyem, Hostos Professor, English Department


Topics of discussion:
The #hashtag Black Lives Matter was created following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the community watch member who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon B. Martin in 2012. At that juncture, the #BlackLivesMatter movement incrementally grew and gained momentum following a series of deaths at the hands of police in various cities across the United States. The movement reached global notoriety after the video of George Floyd’s asphyxiation went viral in May 2020.

What does the word “community policing” mean? How can confidence and trust in the police force be restored in the face of killings captured on camera in Rochester, Minnesota, Oregon, and beyond?

What role do money, politics, education, religion, media and health play in how a community is policed?

Is there a right to call for action and demand change for marginalized communities and BIPOC? What are measurable outcomes—supporting Black-owned business, women-owned business, equal pay for employment opportunities, gay rights, and people with disabilities?

Amidst the rapidly changing climate, the Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated mental health, unemployment, homelessness, food insecurity, and work-life balance—how can people take better care of themselves? What resources do we offer here at Hostos that can support our immediate community?