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Ángel Santiago Díaz

Student graduated  in biology (with specialty in environment). Active member of the Youth National Hostos Independence Movement. Activist who took part in the student struggles of 2010-2011 for the democratization of the University of Puerto Rico’s educational system.

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http://www.facebook.com/movimiento.hostosiano

http://www.minhpuertorico.com.ar

http://www.facebook.com/groups/juventudhostosianapr?ap=1

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Bolívar A. Aponte Rolón

A student-activist. Currently studying his bachelors degree in Political Science and Foreign Languages at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. On Campus he is the current president of Honors Studies Student Association-Rio Piedras Chapter.  At the same time, as part of his extracurricular activities, he is an active member of the political organization, La Nueva Escuela (The New School).  A organization that pursues the independence and social justice of Puerto Rico through the teachings and methodologies of critical pedagogy.  He is also member the Consejo de Adultos de América Latina-CEAAL (Latin American Council for Adult Education).  His primary works with critical education and the struggle for puertorican independence have been through La Nueva Escuela.  These led him to play a fundamental role in the student struggles of 2010-2011 for the democratization of the University of Puerto Rico’s educational system.

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http://www.alternativalne.org

http://lanuevaescuela.org

Facebook: La Nueva Escuela Cayey

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Carmen Milagros Concepción

Professor at the Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.  My research areas are environmental policy, environment and development, and environmental  movements.    I have participated in diverse struggles led by environmental organizations and community groups since the late 1970s.  I served in the governing board of Misión Industrial de Puerto Rico, one of the first environmental NGOs on the Island, which provides scientific, technical, and organizing support to communities affected by environmental  problems.  During the time I taught at the New School for Social Research in New York (1995-1997), I served in the Consulting Committee of the Community-University Consortium for Regional Environmental Justice (CUCREJ), which brought together universities and community and environmental groups of New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.  I have conducted research on and publish about environmental policy and politics in Puerto Rico, focusing on the role of the State, society-state relations, and democracy and public participation in decision-making processes.

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Edwin Rafael Quiles

An architect, teacher, researcher and planner. He founded the Community Design Workshop at the School of Architecture in the University of Puerto Rico. He has also worked and lectured extensively, in academic and non academic environments, in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States, on participatory architecture and the revitalization of low income communities. His projects have been presented in newspapers, documentaries and professional journals and in the book Arquitectura antillana del siglo XX by critic and historian Roberto Segre (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2003). He has been the recipient of more than 20 awards and distinctions, both locally and internationally, for his architecture and community development projects and for his published books. Quiles is a consultant to community groups and is a founding member of the Puerto Rico Social Forum.

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Liliana Cotto Morales

An activist researcher, a urban sociologist, a researcher on the sociology of social movements and a Professor at the General Studies Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico.  Inspired by the thought of Paolo Freire and Orlando Fals Borda, among others, she combines research and practical commitment with    social actions such as squatting, resistance to evictions, to the military practices in Puerto Rican territory, gender and racial struggles and other forms of issues which involve human’s rights violations. She holds an anti colonial and pro- self determination stand which supports sovereignty and independence for Puerto Rico. She has participated in the struggles at the public university, both as a student and as a professor.   She is an active member of the Puerto Rican University Professors Association.   In the recent (2010) student strike, she contributed to device some organizational options for the faculty (the convergence action groups, among them) and contributed to the collective called “We are university/ We are community”. Was co-founder in 2005 of the Puerto Rican Social Forum collective and organizer of the Forum in 2006. Presently she is focusing on the socio-cultural effects, supported by colonial power patterns, that the contemporary multiple crises have on the political actors and collectivities that assume the identity of being the carriers of social transformation.

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https://sites.google.com/site/liliana

https://sites.google.com/site/lilianacmacademicayactivista

https://sites.google.com/site/oficinafspr

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Mariolga Reyes Cruz

An independent Puerto Rican scholar-activist interested in the micro-politics of reproduction and contestation of social inequality. She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras and her doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology and Qualitative Inquiry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2005, she has worked as an academic researcher and adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Her initial graduate work examined racial and ethnic identity among Puerto Rican women in New York City. Later she engaged in education organizing efforts with marginalized and racialized communities in the United States and Puerto Rico attending to how colonial mentalities are enacted and challenged. Her book Mexican Immigrant Parents Advocating for School Reform, published in 2008, is based on her 4-yearlong critical ethnography documenting the struggle for quality public education spearheaded by Mexican undocumented families in a U.S. Midwestern town. She has published solo and co-authored autoethnographic essays looking at the intersections between race, migration and marginalization. Other works examine coloniality and resistance within the academia. She was part of the organizing committee for the first Puerto Rico Social Forum and the Public Education Forum. She has collaborated with Prensa Comunitaria, Todo Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico Coalition, and Proyecto Enlace and G-8 del Caño Martin Peña. She was also active during the 2010 University of Puerto Rico student strike and formed with other colleagues a faculty action committee (Profesores/as por una Universidad Democrática de Excelencia). Currently, Mariolga is an International Civil Society Fellow at the Kettering Foundation, in Ohio, U.S. She will soon return to Puerto Rico to continue collaborating in the democratizing efforts.

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