Hostos United/Hostos Unido, January 17, 1978 Meeting Notes
These handwritten notes were taken during the meeting in which leaders of student and labor groups decided to form Hostos United/Hostos Unido. The group became the central activist organization that led much of the campaign to expand the college to 500 Grand Concourse. It was organized by the Student Government Organization, the Puerto Rican Student Organization, the Dominican Student Organization, the South American Student Union, the Black Student Union, FUSP, the Professional Staff Congress and other unions representing college staff. These notes capture the various positions of different organization leaders and the distribution of labor that was agreed upon by the participants. They also describe the debates about governing structure, and the initial strategic decisions that would inform activist efforts in the coming three months.
In 1977, the third part of the campaign to save Hostos Community College was picking 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 of residents of the South Bronx.
Source | Hostos Community College Archives Creator | Hostos United/Hostos Unido Date Created | January 17, 1978 Rights | Obtain From Hostos Community College Archives Item Type | Text (Notes / Minutes) Cite This document | Hostos United/Hostos Unido, “Hostos United/Hostos Unido, January 17, 1978 Meeting Notes,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 19, 2021, https://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/4602.