Thursday, September 25, 2008

Higher Education for Latinos

Today, our office attended the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (NYCC-BLA) presentation on the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Center for Latin-American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS). Our office is particularly concerned with education rates within these communities. For example, the CLACLS reports that although roughly 30% of undergraduate students at CUNY are Latino, only 8% of graduate students studying at CUNY are Latino. The CLACLS seeks to establish a fellowship program specifically for Latin-American, Caribbean, and Latino students who seek graduate-level education. Council Member James supports the efforts of the CLACLS, and continues her commitment of education, as well as her ongoing work to restore adequate funding to CUNY for both undergraduate and graduate students. The CLACLS maintains a Latino Data Project which studies the population reports and patterns within the Latino community. The CLACLS website can be found here:

The office of Council Member James was represented last night (9/24) at the 79th Precinct’s Community Council Meeting. CM James would like to congratulate Deputy Inspector Donald V. Lyons on a crime decrease within the 79th Precinct, and extends her thanks to the hardworking police officers that serve the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. For further information on the 79th Precinct and its most recent COMPSTAT reports, see here:

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