InteRDom was invited to present its academic study and internship program at the First National Dominican Student Conference at Yale University, April 27-28, 2007.
The event was organized by Yale’s Dominican Student Association, QuisqueYalies. The association sought to raise awareness about Dominican students living in the United States, and to promote Dominican culture within the Yale community. They decided that creating an event that unified Dominican students would be an effective way to address these issues.
Representatives from InteRDom spoke with students about the internship and study opportunities available through its program in the Dominican Republic. They also presented students with a copy of InteRDom Press, a publication that provides students with up-to-date news on current InteRDom students and exisiting internship opportunities.
The event brought together Dominican students from a number of US academic institutions, such as Harvard, M.I.T., New York University, Boston University, and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Ramona Hernández, Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Professor of Sociology at CUNY City College, and supporter of the InteRDom program, opened the conference. Among the workshops offered at the conference were: Political Panel: Affecting Change Locally and Overseas, and Dominicans in the Media: Representations and Future. Distinguished speakers included: Julio Cesar Valentin Jiminian, President of the Chamber of Deputies (Congress) of the Dominican Republic: José Santana, Executive Director of the Dominican Republic’s Presidential Commission of Science and Technology; and Cid Wilson, Co-Founder of Dominicans on Wall Street.
InteRDom encourages the intellectual and professional development of students and young people, and also serves as a forum for professionals and academics who wish to share ideas and work together to identify similar goals across an array of areas. The program also facilitates all areas of academic, cultural, scientific and technological exchange between students and universities and institutions within the public and private sectors.
InteRDom is part of GFDD and FUNGLODE’s commitment to foster collaboration with the Dominican Diaspora within the United States. InteRDom’s participation in the conference is one of the many ways the program supports the work of student groups and initiatives, both nationally and internationally.