USciences Professor Part of Outreach to College Students in Puerto Rico
Published on November 7, 2017
Martin O. Carrion PhD, assistant professor of Spanish and humanities at USciences, is doing his part to help those in Puerto Rico who are still recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Maria by creating an online course for college students as part of an effort to help prevent students from leaving the island nation.
“They don’t want a huge brain drain from Puerto Rico because of the devastation,” said Dr. Carrion. “Many of these students could be taken in by other institutions, but then they may not ever return to Puerto Rico.”
Dr. Carrion has created courses related to Political Science and general introductory level courses in conjunction with Sacrado Corazón [Sacred Heart] University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Carrion is among a group of 75 Spanish-speaking professors from colleges throughout the U.S. who are contributing to the initiative sparked by Jorge Silva-Puras, faculty at Hostos Community College, a part of the CUNY system. Silva-Puras is a native of Puerto Rico and formerly served as chief of staff to the governor of Puerto Rico.
“This is not intended to promote the out-migration of Puerto Rican students to the US, since we are conscious that our youth is one of the principal cornerstones of the rebuilding and reconstruction efforts so needed in Puerto Rico,” wrote Silva-Puras. “We do know of students who may be temporarily leaving the Island while things stabilize, and we want to do as much as we can to help them during this period, but our priority is to help them continue and complete their studies and degrees from their Alma Maters in PR.”
Dr. Carrion said he is glad to help in any way he can to ensure the future success and recovery of the commonwealth.
“I think we all feel this is a little drop in to a huge mess that Puerto Rico is in right now, but in the long term this could have a tremendous impact to avert a massive brain drainage from the island and ensure its future success,” Dr. Carrion said.