NCC Provost is Guest Editor of CENTRO Journal

April 5, 2013 | Publication

CENTRO JournalJosé Luis Morín, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and at The New Community College at CUNY, is the Guest Editor of CENTRO Journal’s fall 2012 edition and author of the introduction, “The Social Condition of Stateside Puerto Ricans: Critical Needs and Public Policy Implications.” An underlying theme featured throughout the new special issue of the CENTRO Journal is “that the need for more research on the social conditions of Puerto Ricans is imperative,” according to Morín.

Given the trend to grouping Puerto Ricans in with all Latinos for research, the unique condition of Puerto Ricans is not being sufficiently explored, Morín contends, and he stresses the necessity for “a concerted and sustained effort to produce studies on stateside Puerto Ricans will be required. ” He commends Centro for taking the initiative to support and disseminate the research found in the Journal. The articles in this special issue, he said, make it clear why more research is needed.

“Puerto Ricans living in the United States endure social conditions that are cause for serious concern and that merit immediate attention and public policy action,” he wrote in his introduction. “As the research in this volume shows, the extent to which contemporary stateside Puerto Ricans are affected by poverty, inequality, the lack of adequate medical and mental health services, the broken educational pipeline, and the absence of equity in access to legal education, representation and services is often overlooked by studies on the overall Latina/o population in the United States. While acknowledging the value of research that seeks to understand phenomena that cuts across all Latina/os, this special issue draws attention to the importance and need for research that disaggregates the various Latina/o groups in the United States.”

Contents of the fall 2012 edition include: “Residential Segregation, Socioeconomic Status, and Disability: A Multi-Level Study on Puerto Ricans in the United States,” by Giovani Burgos and Fernando Rivera; “Psychosocial Stress, Social Inequality, and Mental Health in Puerto Rican Women in Upstate New York,” by Blanca M. Ramos; “On the Relocation of Drug Users from Puerto Rico to the United States for Drug Treatment Services,” by Rafael A. Torruellas, “Puerto Rican Girls Speak!: The Meanings of Success for Puerto Rican Girls Ages14-18 in Hartford, Connecticut,” by Hilda Lloréns and Carlos García-Quijano; “Recruiting and Preparing Teachers for New York Puerto Rican Communities: A Historical Public Policy Perspective,” by Carmen I. Mercado; “Minding/Mending the Puerto Rican Education Pipeline in New York City,” by Luis O. Reyes; and “So You Want to be a Lawyer. Puerto Ricans and their Journey into the Legal Profession: Overcoming Challenges,” by Jenny Rivera and Jodie G. Roure.

Seven book reviews are featured in the special issue: Enmanuel Martínez on Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora,by Lawrence La Fountain-Strokes; Carlos Sanabria reviewed Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America, edited by Gina Pérez, Frank A. Guridy, and Adrian Burgos, Jr.; Efraín Barradas reviewed Mapping Latina/o Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader, edited by Angharad N. Valdivia and Matt Gracia; Ignacio Rodeño reviewed The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity edited, by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López; Ángel Israel Rivera reviewed Decolonization Models for America’s Last Colony: Puerto Rico by Ángel Collado-Schwarz; Yvonne M. Narganes Storde reviewed El caldero quema’o; el contexto social-militar de los estadounidenses en Puerto Rico y otros lugares del Caribe durante el period entre-guerras,1919-1938, by Héctor R. Marín Román; and Déborah Berman Santana reviewed Battleship Vieques: Puerto Rico from World War II to the Korean War, by César J. Ayala and José L. Bolivar.

CENTRO Journal is the premier academic journal in Puerto Rican Studies, and one of the leading publications in Latino Studies. Since 1987 the journal has been published uninterrupted and has always brought out cutting-edge analysis of the Puerto Rican realities-mainland and island.

José Luis Morín is the founding Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of The New Community College at CUNY. He previously served as Director of the Public Research and Policy Initiative at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. He also founded and directed the CUNY Latino Faculty Initiative and was a faculty member, department chair, and Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). He is the author of Latino Rights and Justice in The United States: Perspectives and Approaches (Carolina Academic Press, 2nd Edition, 2009), and editor of Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, forthcoming).

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