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Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates!

This year, we celebrated the graduation of fourteen Becari@s. We are so proud of them!

2016 Graduates:

  • Luz Aguirre, LaGuardia Community College
  • Antonio Alacron, LaGuardia Community College
  • Jesus A. Benitez, LaGuardia Community College
  • Lorena Carino, Queens College
  • Irma Cruz, College of Staten Island
  • Zuleima Dominguez, BMCC
  • David Garcia, Baruch College
  • Brenda Hernandez, LaGuardia>Community College
  • Mary Linn Hernandez, BMCC
  • Juan Carlos Mejia, College of Staten Island
  • Angy Paola Rivera, John Jay
  • Amalia Rojas, Lehman College
  • Vanessa Tlachi, City College
  • Maria Xique, Baruch College

We paid tribute to them and presented them with sarape sashes embroidered with the Institute logo at our May 20 Sobremesa event.

Several of them are also part of our incoming 2016 CUNY Becas Cohort because they are continuing their education.


Read more here.

¡Felicidades a Don Jaime Lucero!

We are proud to announce:

On May 6th, 2016 we celebrated the official dedication ceremony of the Institute in honor of Mr. Jaime Lucero. It was an emotional event in which Mr. Jaime Lucero was honored for his great work and his dedication to his community. The Institute very proudly carries his name, a symbolism of his legacy, of tenacity and perseverance.

Mr. Lucero, whose motto is "economic and political empowerment through education," is very consistent with the goals of the Institute. His dedication to the community has acquired him respect and admiration from our Becari@s, CUNY Becas scholarship recipients, and the Mexican community as a whole.

Lucero was born in 1957 in the Mexican state of Puebla. He arrived in the United States in 1975 with little English and little money or marketable skills. He found a job as a dishwasher at a Queens restaurant. Thanks to his ambition and work ethic, he was able to buy a truck and begin a delivery business. Ten years later, he established a warehouse. Today, his New Jersey-based Gold and Silver Inc. is one of the largest importers and distributors of high-end clothing in the United States. Through it all Mr. Lucero has never forgotten the help he received along the way. He is the founder and president of Casa Puebla New York-New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support and promote the Hispanic community and culture, both in New York and in Mexico.