Hostos Community College Partners with StoryCorps to Document the Lives of at Least 700 Latinos in the US

December 15, 2009 | Hostos Community College

Hostos Community College has become a partner of StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that has helped more than 50,000 Americans record their life stories.  To seal the partnership and introduce his organization, Mr. Dave Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorps, visited the college on December 7, 2009.  Mr. Isay is the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of four books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the first-ever StoryCorps book, Listening Is an Act of Love, a New York Times bestseller.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime event!,” said Dr. Kim Sanabria, Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Programming and Development at Hostos Community College. “StoryCorps has just initiated a new project entitled Historias, which will record the stories of at least 700 Latinos around the country, in partnership with the Latino Public Radio Consortium, Latino USA, the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project, and other historical and cultural institutions and membership organizations.”  Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos, also sees great value in this initiative:  “As a historian who has used the oral history approach to recapture first-hand accounts from so-called ‘ordinary people,’ I know that this is an invaluable tool for recapturing the past.  I am sure that Historías will obtain stories from Latino Americans that are as revelatory and inspiring as those of the cross-cultural population in Listening is an Act of Love.

With this project, StoryCorps aims at becoming one of the largest collections of Latino voices ever gathered in the United States. Historias focuses on delivering the StoryCorps experience to Latino communities.

“We have made the right decision at Hostos Community College to sign on as a partner institution of StoryCorps,” said Dr. Lucinda Zoe, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “We are happy that StoryCorps is documenting the presence and honoring new Americans and Latinos to ensure their voices are represented on public radio; some of our students, staff and faculty have participated in interviews already. This Fall Semester, 1,000 faculty and students have read Mr. Isay’s Listening is an Act of Love, a StoryCorps publication.  Many classes have also participated in online discussion and other events related to the book through the Book-of-the-Semester, website www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/book.”

Another presenter at the event was Donna Galeno, Director of StoryCorps. She worked for twenty years at the American Red Cross in Greater New York, managing their Homeless Services Department. Her work focused on two major areas: the creation, development and management of nationally-recognized models of service for homeless families, and the shaping of public policy and awareness related to housing and homelessness throughout the United States. She has served in leadership positions on numerous boards, coalitions and committees focused on issues of housing, homelessness, and hunger. Subsequent to the tragic events of September 11th, Donna functioned as the American National Red Cross’ first Administrator in charge of creating and implementing the Red Cross’ Long-Term Recovery Program.

About StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. For more information about StoryCorps visit: http://www.storycorps.org/about.

For more information about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

 

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