Puerto Rico / Puerto Ricans: A Diaspora Summit

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Top scholars and leaders will come together to explore solutions to the critical problems facing our community at “Puerto Rico/Puerto Ricans: A Diaspora Summit.” The weekend-long event will examine the crisis on the island and focus on the impact it has had on Puerto Ricans living in the United States. Join us on April 22 and 23 at the Silberman School of Social Work to add your voice to this important dialogue.

Program & Speakers

The summit will feature panels and breakout sessions on topics such as health, economics, political participation, and community development. Participating organizations will also have the opportunity to share information about their work, and visitors to the city can sign up for a walking tour of El Barrio.

Confirmed guests include: Archbishop of San Juan Roberto González Nieves, Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Antonio Weiss, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Congressman José Serrano, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Illinois State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, New York State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Labor leader Dennis Rivera, and journalist Juan González.

Among the panelists, Parranda Puerto Rico founder, Natascha Otero-Santiago, will be speaking on how to amplify the diaspora dialogue through the use of social media and how to create community activities to unite the diaspora.

Click here for the most recent program and list of speakers.


Visit the conference eventbrite page at http://puertorico-puertoricans.eventbrite.com to register. And follow Centro on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Centro Events are free of charge and live-streamed from their website.

Action Fair

The fair is a diaspora networking and community-building event. Bring your organization information packets, meet and greet community leaders from around the country, exchange ideas about affecting social change for our people, and dream a better future for 8.6 million Puerto Ricans. To apply as an exhibitor, please fill out the application and submit by Monday, April 11, 2016.

Travel & Accommodations

Additional Hotel Offer

If you are attending the gathering at the Federal Hall National Memorial and/or the Centro Conference you will have access to discounted hotel rooms. Booking info below:

A block of rooms is available at a special rate of $229 per night for event participants. Rooms are at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 100036. To reserve, visit the hotel group web site, or call Marriott Reservations at (877) 303-0104 before Friday, April 15th to receive the special rate. Be sure to say you are with the Puerto Rico Summit group, and staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

We have arranged a preferential fare with United Airlines for people traveling to the conference. To get the discount, visit https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/flight-search/book-a-flight. Enter offer code ZWNA560734 for the special fare.

Please Note: The valid travel dates for the discount are 4/19/2016-4/26/2016 for all NYC airports

If looking for accommodations, we recommend that you visit www.booking.com (and similar websites like Expedia or Kayak) to get the best rate. If you are not familiar with NYC, try to get a hotel in the East Side near Lexington Avenue or Grand Central area, where you can take the Lexington Line Subway #6 to 116th Street (walk up three blocks to 119th and turn right to 3rd Avenue). We recommend the Hotel Deuville on 29th Street.

Most participants are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Upper East Side on 92nd Street/1st Avenue. It is a short cab ride or you can walk to 3rd Avenue and take any bus to 119th Street – it will leave you across the street from the venue.

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