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This edition: Puerto Rico in Crisis - One Year Later

Episode Details

Original tape date: August 5, 2018.

First aired: September 20, 2018.

On the morning of September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island and many of its 3.4 million residents.

Now a year after the storm, Puerto Rico still needs a lot of support and CUNY has been a big part of the recovery effort. Puerto Rico in Crisis - One Year Later is a ½ hour special that reveals the many educational, environmental, and constructive ways in which CUNY has been helping Puerto Rico bounce back.

Puerto Rico in Crisis - One Year Later is hosted by EMMY® award winning journalist, Tinabeth Piña. This special presentation was mostly shot in Puerto Rico with support from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Carol Anne Riddell reports on the The NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative where Governor Cuomo along with the CUNY Service Corps deployed students to Puerto Rico this past summer to work with non-profit organizations helping to repair damaged homes in Puerto Rico.

Hostos Community College was a huge factor in the re-housing of Hurricane survivors who sought refuge in New York City thru FEMA’S Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. Andrew Falzon sat down with two survivors who relocated to NYC.

University students from Puerto Rico were given tuition breaks if they chose to finish their studies at CUNY. Ernabel Demillo interviewed displaced students studying at Queens College & CCNY.

Zyphus Lebron profiles John Jay Professor Jodie Roure who single-handedly helped assemble her own medical relief effort in Puerto Rico. She was recognized by Congress for her efforts.

Tinabeth Piña met Macaulay Honors College students in Puerto Rico who partnered with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program to not only learn more about the island’s biodiversity but to also engage the students in environmental service.

For more information on helping Puerto Rico recover & rebuild:

Guest List

Raphael Barretto Hurricane Survivor

Destany Batista Student, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College

Desiree Cancela Hurricane Survivor

Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, New York State

William Keegan Volunteer/President, Heart 9/11

Mónica Martínez-Raga Student, City College of New York/CUNY

Dr. Edwin Meléndez Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College/CUNY

Gerardo Miranda-Comas MD Member, Doctors for Hurricane Maria Relief

Gabriel Muñoz Student, Queens College/CUNY

Jasmine Olivera Student, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College

Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl Dean, William E. Macaulay Honors College/CUNY

Dr. Vita Carulli Rabinowitz Interim Chancellor, The City University of New York

Myra Rosa Student, City College/CUNY

Jodie Roure Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Manuele Ruvolo Student, NYC College of Technology/CUNY

Sandra Torres Student, NYC College of Technology/CUNY

Brenda Torres Barreto Executive Director, San Juan Bay Estuary Program

Fabian Wander Director, Health & Wellness Center, Hostos Community College

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