April 04, 2008
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) of New York City
has designated the week of April 14–20, 2008 as Immigrant Heritage
Week with a series of approved week-long events by several selected
organizations, groups and institutions. This is the third such
series of annual events in New York City.
St. John‘s University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies (CLACS), the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
(GOPIO), and the Guyanese East Indian Civic Association (GEICA)
were selected by MOIA to collaborate in a symposium titled
“Community Dialogue Among Caribbean & Latin American Immigrants
in New York City”.
The event begins with a luncheon at 12:30pm on Saturday, April
19, 2008 at Marillac Terrace A, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia
Parkway, Queens, New York. Distinguished community leaders
and scholars will participate in this dialogue. Mr. Guillermo
Linares, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs,
will be one of the keynote speakers. The objective is to establish
cross cultural bridges of communication and understanding among New
York City’s immigrant groups from the Caribbean and Latin America.
These immigrants comprise a significant percentage of the New York
While these diverse groups of immigrants originate from
countries with distinct historical, language and ethnic
backgrounds, they share many common aspirations, challenges and
opportunities as immigrants in New York City. The symposium will
focus on practical ways of creating and strengthening bridges of
communication and understanding among these diverse groups.
If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by
April 14th, 2008 to Dr. Alina Camacho-Gingerich at email@example.com or