A New Dominican Studies Masters at CUNY

The new Dominican studies program will be a natural for City College, which houses The Dominican Studies Institute, founded in 1992. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

A new Dominican studies masters program at the City College of the City University of New York, considered the first of its kind, is expected to accept its first students in the spring of 2018, writes Gregg McQueen of Manhattan Times.

At a press conference about the 30-credit interdisciplinary program, which will cover topics such as racial and ethnic identities, migration and immigration, popular culture, politics, gender and human rights, Vita Rabinowitz, executive vice chancellor and university provost of CUNY, said the Dominican master’s program was an appropriate addition to the university system, as nearly 23,000 students at CUNY are of Dominican descent.

Calling it “the right program for the times,” she noted that it will connect the U.S. “to a place where the history of the Americas began.”

Recently elected Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American member of Congress, took some credit for the new program:

Congressman Adriano Espaillat explained that the new master’s program grew, in part, from his discussions with CUNY about academic offerings for Dominican Americans that would teach them about their heritage.

“If you don’t know where you come from, you won’t know where you’re heading,” he remarked. “We wanted to have a greater presence, and this is the first step in this direction, a wonderful step.”

City College houses the Dominican Studies Institute, which boasts the largest repository of academic and research information on the Dominican people outside of the Dominican Republic, City Council member Ydanis Rodríguez noted at the briefing.

Go to Manhattan Times to read what some CCNY students and others had to say about the new program.

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