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Letter to Hostos Community College Students from Professor Diane Penner

Professor Diane Penner wrote this letter to the Hostos Community College student body in 1976 to encourage them to pressure state officials to oppose Hostos’ closure. As a faculty member and activist on the Save Hostos Committee, Penner’s letter gave students instructions on how to urge their representatives to protect their school.

In 1975, the New York City fiscal crisis led to efforts by city officials and the CUNY administration to close or merge multiple campuses in order to pay back debt that was owed to major banks. Hostos Community College was slated to merge with Bronx Community College in order to dramatically cut spending. It was this threat that led to the second iteration of organizing to save Hostos. Determined to preserve Hostos for the South Bronx as a place for students to pursue a bilingual higher education, students, faculty, staff, and community groups joined forces to keep Hostos open. The faculty and students at Hostos Community College deployed political and protest strategies to achieve their goals.

Source | Hostos Community College Archives
Creator | Penner, Diane; Save Hostos Committee
Date Created | March 1, 1976
Rights | Obtain From Hostos Community College Archives
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Penner, Diane; Save Hostos Committee, “Letter to Hostos Community College Students from Professor Diane Penner,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed June 27, 2019,


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