On Tuesday, September 21, Hostos Community College’s President, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, hosted a Virtual Stated Meeting of the College. Moderated by Assistant to the President and Director of the President’s Office Diana Kreymer, the biannual event offered students, faculty, staff, and administrators insight into the College’s plans for moving forward together and cultivating community for a stronger future.

President Cocco De Filippis reflected on her journey to and at Hostos in her opening remarks, and she shared her vision for the College’s future—a future where community is central, students “are considered our most sacred trust and our finest asset,” and actions are defined by collaboration within and outside of the College’s immediate surroundings. Looking ahead, she projected Hostos “will strive to create an environment rich with intellectual, educational, cultural, and civic-minded experiences.”

President Cocco De Filippis also presented a plaque to Officer Raul DeJesus, who this summer helped reunite a missing baby with his mother.  

The forum included greetings and presentations from various departments and divisions as well. Acting Provost Charles Drago imparted news from the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and shared which faculty members had recently been promoted to full professors, and Dean Babette Audant delivered a presentation on the College’s Operational Plan. Professor Ernest Ialongo and Student Government (SGA) President Brian Carter each brought greetings. Senior VP of Administration and Finance & Interim VP for Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne shared a budget update, Dean Peter Mertens shared information from the Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD), and Dir. Kreymer shared news from the Division of Institutional Advancement and apprised participants of upcoming events.