The Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies


Prof. José Luis Morín and Prof. Brain Montes presented a paper on "Puerto Rican Youth and Criminal Justice" at the Puerto Rican Social Conditions and Public Policy Conference at the Hunter College School of Social Work on December 10 , 2010. Morín organized the conference in his role as Director of the Puerto Rican Research and Policy Initiative at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Morín also presented a paper on "The Latino Male and the U.S. Criminal Justice System," at the Young Latino Male Symposium at Arizona State University on October 1st.

Prof. José Luis Morín has been selected to serve on the Young Latino Male Working Group, consisting of prominent academics and community leaders from across the country.

Prof. Jodie Roure co-authored paper on “PUERTO RICANS AND THEIR JOURNEY INTO THE LEGAL PROFESSION: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES” was presented at the Puerto Rican Social Conditions and Public Policy Conference at the Hunter College School of Social Work on December 10, 2010.

Prof. Jodie Roure presented a paper on a panel at the Society of American Law Teachers Bi-Annual Teaching Conference entitled “Teaching in a Transformative Age: The Law School of the Future" on December 11, 2010 at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. The panel was entitled “The Law School for Students of Color in the 21st Century - Admissions, Curriculum, Academic Support and the Mission Statement of a Law School: Taking Action to Increase Opportunities for Students of Color.” Panel presenters included Professors Raquel Gabriel, Jenny Rivera, and Pamela Edwards, of the CUNY School of Law, and Professor Paulette Caldwell of NYU School of Law.

Black Men and College (Non) Completion Conference May 6, 2011: Only 37 percent of Black men who begin college seeking a bachelor's degree have completed their degree six years later. That completion rate is far below that for White males (63%) and considerably below that for Black women in college (51%). College is a key route of upward mobility for all Americans, but far too many Black men are failing to complete that journey. This one-day convening of national academics, activists, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders will explore this issue – highlighting successes and identifying areas for future engagement.

Prof. Jodie Roure, JD, PhD is currently an Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She has conducted extensive research in the area of human rights including violence against women in Brasil, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the United States. Professor Roure is also an expert witness in this area. Her scholarship further includes research on pipeline education, race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the United States. She teaches in the areas of domestic violence/gender rights, criminal justice, international human rights, international criminal justice, race, class, and ethnicity in the United States, and Latina/o studies. Additionally, she is the John Jay Director of the St. John’s Law School Prep Program. Her article “Gender Justice in Puerto Rico: Domestic Violence, Legal Reform, and the Use of International Human Rights Principles” (Human Rights Quarterly Law Journal [August 2011]), examines the state of domestic violence in Puerto Rico. It investigates the ways by which grassroots movements and governmental agencies work collaboratively and independently towards the eradication of violence and discrimination against women on the islands. It also explores the islands past experience in managing change to create systems and programs that ensure women’s human rights and gender equality. It analyzes related legal reform in Puerto Rico within the context of human rights. 

Lisandro Pérez, Chairperson
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