Twenty-Eight Years of Comité Noviembre

For the past 28 years, Comité Noviembre, CN has celebrated Puerto Rican Heritage Month in this country. CN is a non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating and acknowledging the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this city, state and nation. CN is composed of thirteen of the oldest and most prestigious Puerto Rican organizations in the country: ASPIRA of New York, el Museo del Barrio, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, El Puente, Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, La Casa de la Herencia Puertorriqueña, La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular in Puerto Rico, LatinoJustice: PRLDEF, Musica de Camara, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, National Institute for Latino Policy, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights – Justice Committee and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration which serves in an advisory position. This coordinating body plans and promotes CN’s annual programs and events. The charge of CN is to create awareness of our rich culture, language, and heritage and to acknowledge and take ownership of it everyday but specifically during the month of November. Because of CN, November is our month to discuss all aspects and issues of our community – with respect, objectivity and pride. For twenty-eight years, CN, has created and developed programs all geared to the support and enhancement of educational opportunities and leadership development for Puerto Rican and Hispanic youth with a cultural twist. These programs are firmly rooted in the belief, that in order to succeed in life, you must pursue a higher education, give back to your community through volunteer efforts and know your cultural roots. On behalf of CN, I am proud to welcome you to our website which provides the history of CN, its mission, programs and goals. It is our hope that this website will serve as an educational vehicle to all those searching for information on Puerto Rican history and culture especially educators and students and that you will learn about Puerto Rican pioneers and heroes. This website is a living breathing document, please visit often. Sincerely, Teresa A. Santiago Chairperson

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