On Tuesday, February 4, the Center for Bronx Non-Bronx Profits (CBNP) at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College hosted a public forum called “The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know.” This informative town hall event included two panels and featured Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. as its keynote speaker.

Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, were also in attendance. Much of the discussion dealt with examining ways to work with New York City’s $7 billion budget. Panelists and attendees raised points about supporting education, community building programs, and keeping non-profits in the picture as the new administration goes to work.

President Matos Rodríguez said he was pleased that Hostos was home to such an important conversation and that this event was just one more way the Center for Bronx Non-profits was getting involved in supporting the community. “The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know” is part of an ongoing series the CBNP is sponsoring as part of its mission. Previous discussions have included “What Your Community Needs to Know about Healthcare Reform” and “Navigating the Fiscal Crisis.”

Guest panelists for “The Changing Political Landscape and What You Need to Know” were: Gary Axelbank, BronxTalk and Monroe College; Ronnie Lowenstein, NYC Independent Budget Office; Ester Fuchs, Columbia University; Vanessa Leung, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; Stu Loeser, from Stu Loeser & Co.; Patrick Jenkins, from Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates; Paul Lipson, Barretto Bay Strategies; and Ninfa Segarra, Tonio Burgos & Associates.

The Center for Bronx Non-Profits (CBNP) is a convening, training, and resource-sharing initiative that supports local community leaders and strengthens the capacity of non-profit, faith-based, and community-based organizations serving the Bronx.  Its programs focus on building its collaborators’ technical skills as well as helping them to identify opportunities, share resources, and address challenges confronting their organizations. The Center’s initiatives promote interdisciplinary approaches and can be adapted to meet particular needs.

Through its various programs, CBNP creates opportunities for Bronx community leaders to engage in leadership development activities, partnership building, the creation of new networks, and the expansion of existing ones.  By providing a space for programs and exchanges to take place, the CBNP seeks to encourage new financial investment in the Bronx from both public and private sectors, as well as to aid in the development of shared resources for Bronx non-profits and their leaders, including knowledge, information and best practices.  These initiatives showcase the Bronx and increase awareness of the accomplishments of its non-profit sector throughout New York City and the region.

Since 2002, Hostos Community College’s Division for Continuing Education Workforce Development has partnered with the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY to transform this vision into reality.

For more information contact: Eileen Newman: / 718-518-6605

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 since 1968. It serves as 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. The College’s unique “Student Success Coaching Unit” provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s 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 The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.