Puerto Rican Education Symposium

Addressing Needs after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Join us for a panel discussion on our role as educators and community leaders in serving Puerto Rican children who were affected by the recent hurricanes. The event will be on October 19 at 10 a.m. to Noon at the UCF Global 101.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria has left many Puerto Ricans without basic human necessities, and the current conditions in their homes are driving them to seek shelter and refuge outside of the island. Given its proximity and century-long Puerto Rican presence, Orlando and its institutions of education serves as a logical and ideal community to address some of their immediate human needs. Educational institutions are in position to play an important role in meeting their needs.

The Puerto Rican Education Symposium panels include scholars, leaders, and advocates at UCF, our local public school districts, City of Orlando, Orlando Police Department and Florida state house. Some discussion points will be:

  • The impact on the Puerto Rican community in Orlando
  • How public schools are preparing and challenges ahead
  • The role of education and the Maria Diaspora
  • The impact on the Orlando community and next steps

At the end of the panel program, symposium participants will be invited to participate in different research working groups in the spirit of community engagement.

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Symposium Agenda

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