Month: October 2023

Interim Director Presents at Hispanic Leaders in Action Subcommittee Event

Interim Director of El Instituto, Charles Venator Santiago, presents Puerto Rican Studies Initiative research findings in the Shining Star Awards event given by the Meriden-based Midstate Chamber of Commerce and its Hispanic Leaders in Action subcommittee, often known as HOLA. You can read further at

Interim Director Venator-Santiago Radio Interview

Author Esmeralda Santiago, and Faculty Interim Director of El Instituto, Dr. Charles Venator-Santiago, was recently featured on the podcast Where we Live, produced by Connecticut Public Radio. In the podcast, they talk about Esmeralda Santiago’s new book Las Madres, which chronicles five women as they survive and are shaped by their experiences by Hurricane Maria […]

Update on El Instituto’s Future

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. As some of you may know, El Instituto has been asked to join in the creation of a new interdisciplinary department that seeks to combine all the Non-Departmental Units, including the American Studies Program, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Africana […]

The Puerto Rican Studies Initiative

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. Charles R. Venator-Santiago received a $210,000 grant from the Connecticut General Assembly to continue working on the Puerto Rican Studies Initiative during the 2023-2024 academic year. The Puerto Rican Studies Initiative for Community Engagement and Public Policy (PRSI) is a research initiative seeking to document and support Puerto Ricans’ vital economic, intellectual, […]

La Comunidad Intelectual

We look forward to collaborating with Professor H. Kenny Nienhusser, this year’s faculty director for La comunidad intelectual (LCI). LCI is excited to welcome approximately 22 first year and 15 continuing students to its vibrant learning community. The learning community has a leadership team composed of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. This year, the […]

Congratulations to Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann on Her 23-24 Humanities Institute fellowship!

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. Congratulations to Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann on her 2023-24 academic year Humanities Institute fellowship! Katerina, an Associate Professor of Spanish Studies and past director of El Instituto (2022-2023), will bring a project entitled “Aimé Césaire and His Cuban Comrades in Art.” Katerina writes that the project “examines the relationships of solidarity and […]

Welcome our Newest Joint Faculty

Contributed by Lorena Solis. A Path to Social Justice I am an assistant professor of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology at the Department of Psychology and a core faculty member at El Instituto. My research focuses on understanding the manifestation of inequality in organizations and institutions. Specifically, I study inequality within the context of workforce diversity. I […]