Where My Bread Is Buttered

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This weekend, I spent time in Syracuse University, my alma mater and the site of Coming Back Together X, a special reunion where the African-American and Latino alumni of Syracuse U can meet with students and faculty on campus every three years in the spirit of camaraderie, growth, and opportunity. This tradition has happened for the last three decades and change, …

Jose VilsonWhere My Bread Is Buttered

On Syracuse University Commencement 2011 and What Mentoring Means For Us

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I remember the first time I spoke to Ralf about what his college experience would be like, and I had a list of people I told him to seek out on the Syracuse University campus. Names like Anthony Otero, Angela Morales-Patterson, Dr. James K. Duah-Agyeman, and Max Patino ring true for thousands of students on campus directly or indirectly through …

Jose VilsonOn Syracuse University Commencement 2011 and What Mentoring Means For Us
Arturo Schomburg by Marcano García at Taller Borinquen

Black History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya

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A few weeks ago, a few people asked me why I helped create the now annual event Quisqueya, a celebration of Afro-Latino history throughout the Americas at Syracuse University. Honestly, it had a tinge of selfishness: by then, I helped run a series of workshops dedicated to understanding the relationships between Blacks and Latinos at a time when others kept …

Jose VilsonBlack History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya