By Omairys Rodriguez, College Assistant, Communications & Public Relations, Guttman Community College
During the weekend of February 14th, six Guttman students, along with over 100 CUNY students, attended the 43rd Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus (NYSABPRL) Conference in Albany, New York. Among the Guttman participants was second-year student Talia Arif and six student leaders from Guttman’s Student Government Association (SGA): SGA President Alfajo Jallow, SGA Treasurer Samuel Van der Swaagh, SGA Secretary Reina Osorio, and SGA Senators Edgar Gomez, Gabby Rosario and Jessica Leung.
Students traveled to Albany to meet state legislators and city officials to advocate for funding to support public education at CUNY. This year the state operating budget priorities for CUNY students are: ASAP ($1.7 M); Single Stop ($1 M); Black Male Initiative ($2.5 M); DREAM Act Reform ($20 M); CUNY LEADS ($1.5M); Restorations to SEEK/College Discovery ($1 M) and CUNY Start and College Now ($5 M).
Second-year Guttman student Talia Arif, who was selected as a Caucus CUNY Scholar and will participate in the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship program , will be interning with Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya from district 39 in Queens, New York. Talia’s policy interests include access to education, the DREAM Act and workers’ rights.
About the Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus 2014 Conference:
The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. (The Association) held its 43rd Annual Legislative Conference on February 14 – 16, 2014 in Albany. This annual statewide event allows The Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African-American, Hispanic, and other minority youth. The theme this year was “Reclaiming Our Sons and Daughters!”
The vision of The Association has been to maintain and expand the existing programs that benefit our statewide constituency while at the same time partnering with corporate America to achieve this goal. The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. (NYSABPRL) was founded by legislative caucus members as a non-political, charitable organization, incorporated under section 402 of the New York Not-for-Profit Incorporation Law on October 11, 1985. The purpose of the NYSABPRL is to promote the common good, social and general welfare of the community; foster and maintain an interest in racial tolerance in the world; to encourage the development of the community and promote economic growth.
The proceeds of the three-day weekend conference benefit the Scholarship Fund for youth entering college. The weekend included the Chairman’s Reception, a Career and Business Expo and Craft Exhibition Fair, a youth summit, concert, awards ceremony, and the annual Gala Scholarship Dinner.