Education Partners Unveil
New York Latino Research and Resources Network
Inauguration Set for Sept.
29, 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 27, 2004) -- The New
York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet),
a new partnership among U.S. Latino scholars
and other professionals from the University
at Albany and two other higher education research
centers, aims to instill greater public understanding
of the diverse concerns and experiences of Latinos
in New York State.
The partnership will be formally unveiled
at an inaugural reception at the University
at Albany on Wednesday, September 29, at 2:30
p.m. in the University Art Museum on the University's
uptown campus. NYLARNet was made possible by
a grant from the New York State Legislature.
It was sponsored there by Assemblyman Peter
Rivera (76th District), chair of the Puerto
Rican/Hispanic Legislative Task Force. It will
address a broad spectrum of subjects related
to four target areas: health, education, immigration,
and politics/public policy.
"The creation of NYLARNet is, to borrow
a famous quote, a small step for those that
have envisioned and created it but a giant leap
for New York's Latino communities," said
Rivera. "As a policymaker, I am enthusiastic
about the opportunities and changes that will
come about for these communities through its
efforts. NYLARNet is a reality that has long
been in the waiting. Its potential can be limitless
and its promise is priceless."
Comprising UAlbany's Center for Latino, Latin
American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC), the
Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College,
and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education
at Columbia University's Teachers College, NYLARNet
seeks to produce important research into the
critical thinking, dialogue and dissemination
of information regarding U.S. Latino issues.
It also seeks to provide information services
to legislators, public agencies, community organizations
and the media on U.S. Latino affairs, and will
pay special attention to the realities and needs
of the largely neglected Latino populations
throughout New York State and outside of New
"We anticipate that NYLARNet will eventually
be expanded to include other institutions throughout
the State of New York that have strong faculty
resources in U.S. Latino-related studies,"
said Edna Acosta-Belen, chair of UAlbany's Department
of Latin America and Caribbean Studies and director
"This growth, in addition to the overall
public profile of the network, will be assisted
by the implementation of a database of experts
in the four target areas. There will also be
a website that will provide regular electronic
briefs on Latino issues," she added.