Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York Kicked Off Its 50th Anniversary Season Date: April 18, 2017 Time: 6:15 PM Transforming Lives, Forging Futures since 1968 Today, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York announced the kick-off of its 50th anniversary season, Transforming Lives, Forging Futures since 1968, and its year-long, event-filled celebration that will run through June 2018. The statement was issued after a college-wide event held at the College. During the ceremony, Hostos President David Gómez and SVP Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne unveiled the Hostos50 website, which features two full-fledged components: a historical timeline and an oral history collective that currently features the testimony of more than 100 people, reflecting the experiences of alumni, community members, faculty, former College presidents, friends, staff and students. “The community demanded Hostos 50 years ago, and since that time, the College has grown into something truly special,” Hostos President Dr. David Gómez said. “We are now not only the central hub for higher education in the South Bronx, but for job training, social and economic development, arts and culture, and community engagement. Hostos has expanded its footprint exponentially, and we are proud to help build a bridge to a better Bronx and beyond. Celebrating where we have come from, as well as where we are going, is something the entire campus and community is truly excited about.” Hostos Community College also announced it will open its doors for public symposiums about Eugenio María de Hostos, the pioneering educator and human rights activist for whom the College is named; the state of the Bronx; and the future of the American Dream and immigration later in the year. Lastly, the College pledged to give back to its neighbors and community with a “Big Event,” which will feature 50 acts of service with a total of 500 volunteers from the College over the next year. The College will issue regularly updated announcements related to its 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit the Hostos50 website: www.hostos.cuny.edu/Hostos50 To stay in touch with Hostos all year long on social media, follow the hashtag #Hostos50 and follow Hostos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Hostos Community College Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.