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Gerald Meyer Statement on the 500 Grand Concourse Building

Gerald Meyer, a founding faculty member at Hostos Community College and President of the Hostos chapter of the Professional Staff Congress made this statement at a press conference held on March 30, 1976. The statement articulates that facilities at the college are woefully inadequate for the needs of the student body and are inferior to facilities at other City University of New York campuses. Meyer points out that while the 500 Grand Concourse building across the street from the existing college had already been designated for Hostos, the college had not been allowed to move forward on acquiring and renovating the building.

By 1977, the third part of the campaign to save Hostos Community College had picked up momentum. Having extremely poor facilities, the college had acquired a second building across the street from its original location that would allow Hostos to expand. However, the 500 Grand Concourse building needed renovations to be useable but the college had been denied the funds necessary to prepare and occupy their second building. A fresh wave of organizing by students and faculty drove efforts to enable Hostos to continue to be a hub of opportunity for residents of the South Bronx.

Source | Hostos Community College Archive
Creator | Meyer, Gerald .
Date Created | March 30, 1976
Rights | Obtain From Hostos Community College Archive
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Meyer, Gerald ., “Gerald Meyer Statement on the 500 Grand Concourse Building,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed August 20, 2018, http://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/4522.

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