Puerto Rican Studies Data and Public Policy Research Hub Summit

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

El Instituto

University of Connecticut


On behalf of the Puerto Rico Research Hub at the University of Central Florida, CENTRO, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the University of Connecticut’s Puerto Rican Studies Initiative (PRSI), we invite you to participate in our inaugural Puerto Rican Studies Data and Public Policy Research Hub Summit. This summit is a result of a previous panel we participated in, along with CENTRO, during the National Puerto Rican Agenda Biennial National Convention. In that panel it became apparent that, although there are several sources of data, research, and policy documents, there is no centralized repository to inform public policy with relation to Puerto Rican issues both stateside and on the archipelago. Likewise, we also realize the need to harmonize our data.

The purpose of the summit is to begin a conversation with different sectors of the Puerto Rican community that shape public policy decisions including academic centers, elected officials, media and non-profit groups. For this initial conversation we concentrate on representatives from Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, Connecticut, but also other-at- large Puerto Rican population communities. Our vision is to expand our dialogue in the future beyond these initial places.

We are interested in your opinions about the following three questions:

  1. What data about Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans is useful to you and other elected officials?
  2. What is the best way that we can make this data available to you and the public at large?
  3. What is the best way that we can use this data to generate reports and other information for you and other elected officials?

This summit/meeting will be organized in the following manner:

8:30am – 9:15am

9:15 – 9:30am

Roundtable with Puerto Rican Research Centers
9:30am – 10:30am

9:15am – 9:30am

Roundtable with Elected Officials
10:45am – 12:00pm

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Roundtable with Non-Profits and Community Leaders
12:45pm – 1:45pm

1:45pm – 2:00pm

Roundtable with Media
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Closing Remarks and Discussion
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Closing Reception

This event will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at the University of Connecticut’s (Storrs Campus) El Instituto, between 8:30am and 5:00pm. The summit will be held in a hybrid manner, both in-person and virtually. We encourage in-person participation, but provide a virtual option if your agenda does not allow for travel.

If you are interested and able to join us, in person or virtually, please confirm with Charles R. Venator-Santiago by Monday, May 20, 2024 at either Charles.venator@uconn.edu or 413-219-5933. We look forward to your participation.

Although our physical space is limited, our meeting will be conducted in a hybrid manner. Please click here to register or visit our Eventbrite page. Likewise, please consider sharing this link with other potential participants that you think might be interested in joining us.

Traveling by Air or Amtrak

This meeting with take place in the UConn Storrs Campus. Persons traveling by plane should plan to arrive at the Bradley International Airport (BDL). BDL is located about 45 minutes away from Storrs. Persons can plan to take a taxi (https://www.aaacab.net/) or Uber from either the Airport or the Amtrak station in Downtown Hartford.

Traveling by Car

If you are traveling by car, please plan to park in the South Parking Garage. Click here for more information.

Where to Stay?
Participants can stay at the Graduate Hotel in the UConn Storrs Campus. Click here for more information. The Graduate is located right next to El Instituto.

For more information, please contact Charles R. Venator-Santiago at charles.venator@uconn.edu or at 413-219-5933. All are welcome, but at present we have limited physical space. Our hope is that this will be the first of a series of collaborative meetings.