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Letter from Assembly Speaker Stanley Steingut to Peter Roman

The Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Stanley Steingut, wrote this letter as a response to the chairman of the Social Sciences department at Hostos Community College, Peter Roman. His letter conveys that there is a bill in the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee that would mandate the continuation of a campus dedicated to bilingual higher education. Steingut also conveys that the future of Hostos Community College is important to the legislature.

In 1975, in response to the New York City fiscal crisis, the City University of New York proposed massive cuts and closures across the campuses in order to dramatically cut spending. Of all the campuses in the system, the administration targeted campuses primarily serving minority communities for their most extreme measures. 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 for the community.

Source | Hostos Community College Archives
Creator | Steingut, Stanley
Date Created | May 31, 1976
Rights | Obtain From Hostos Community College Archives
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Steingut, Stanley , “Letter from Assembly Speaker Stanley Steingut to Peter Roman ,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 22, 2019,


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