New York, NY — July 29, 2016 Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Edward Borges as an MCNY Visiting Fellow for Academic Year 2016-2017. Mr. Borges brings rich knowledge of the politics of the culture of poverty in New York. He is an award-winning journalist who writes for Crain’s New York Business and City & State. Previously, he was a staff writer at The New York Daily News and The Miami Herald, and a contributing writer at Los Angeles Magazine, The Village Voice, and The New York Observer. He has also worked in advocacy communications for a number of New York organizations, including the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the City of New York.
Borges is presently working on a book,
La Vida Hoy, about the family that was the subject of La Vida, The Culture of Poverty in New York and San Juan, that
was published in 1966. He hopes that by telling the ongoing story of the Rios family over the last 50 years he can shed light on the continuing crisis of concentrated poverty in the South Bronx.
Borges will work with the College to produce a series of conferences/events over the next year about the politics of the culture of poverty. He has already generated interest with potential community partners to co-sponsor these events with MCNY, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Community Connections for Youth, YouthFirst, Mixteca, and Prevent Child Abuse New York.
“It is our hope that these events will help further establish MCNY Bronx as a nexus for community-centered ideas and advocacy for eliminating child poverty and other social ills, in what, despite community progress in recent years, is still the poorest and unhealthiest congressional district in the United States.”, says Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY, “We welcome Eddie to the MCNY community as part of our ongoing commitment to promote social justice through education and action.”
Edward Borges grew up in Jamaica, Queens and attended Queens College. He now lives in the Bronx and will be based at MCNY Bronx as soon as it opens this Fall.
About Metropolitan College of New York
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