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“Aftermath: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria and Cleveland Resettlement”

The Social Justice Institute and the Latino Alumni Association will host a panel discussion titled “Aftermath: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria and Cleveland Resettlement,” an event of Hispanic Heritage Month. The discussion will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Clapp Hall, Room 108.

About the event

The conversation will focus on the economic and social issues that previously weakened the Puerto Rican infrastructure, the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, and the efforts of local organizations to support new migrants in Cleveland.

The panel, moderated by Raquel Ortiz Rodriguez from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, will be composed of:

  • Luzma Cardona, clinical assistant professor of medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, neurologist at Cleveland Clinic and a Puerto Rico native;
  • Edwin Colon (MGT ’18, GRS ’18), a researcher at the Institute of Transformative Molecular Medicine and a Puerto Rico native;
  • Juan Molina Crespo, executive director of Hispanic Alliance Inc.; and
  • Shaleika Vargas (CWR ’10, LAW ’13), attorney at law at Vargas Law Co. and board vice-president of the Spanish American Committee Cleveland.

The event is free and open to the community; light refreshments will be served. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.

For more information, visit the Social Justice Institute events website.