Caribbean Affair

A soiree rich in artistic performances and discussions about the prevalent pain points of the Boston Caribbean Diaspora.

Speakers:
Magnolia Contreras, Director, Community Benefits, Dana- Farber Cancer Institute George Durante, Program Coordinator - City of Nashua, Office of the Mayor - Economic Development Dr. Linda Marc-Clerisme, Education and Curriculum Development Director, Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center Division

(Cambridge, MA) - On Saturday, April 12th, the guest speakers presented to a full house at Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles. George Durante, CICD's president of Board of Directors, open the evening by highlight the organization goals for the next three years. Amount of lofty set of goals includes opening a Caribbean Resource Center. This will be a place where groups representing all of the Caribbean communities in Boston will have an opportunity to provide their services under one roof. This will be a one-stop shop for new comers to seek information, support, learn and connect with the Caribbean community. The Caribbean Resource Center begins to create a unified voice for the state's Caribbean population, which will enhance the ability to influence public policy.

Promote inter-generational housing. With housing prices and rental rates becoming increasingly unaffordable, it is more pressing than ever that we move forward with these projects in order to enhance the chances of success for our migratory population. George also talked about CICD's plan to open a minority technology accelerator and incubator in Mattapan.

Magnolia Contreras has worked in nonprofits serving minorities for 20 years. She has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the state's Hispanic community by El Planeta newspaper. Magnolia remarked, CICD works has a profound impact to the Caribbean complex community. CICD's initiatives to focus on some the most pressing long term needs of the migratory Caribbean population; economic stability, self sufficiency, housing, and cultural awareness, is a real catalyst to success within the migratory Caribbean population in Boston.

Dr. Linda Marc-Clerisme, was selected in 2007 to serve a 3-year term on the Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee for the US Census Bureau, advising on the coverage and measurement of the diverse African American populations for the 2010 decennial Census. In 2012 she was reappointed by the Census Bureau to serve as Chair of the Race and Hispanic Origin Research Working Group. Eloquently, Dr. Marc-Clerisme paints the reality of the Caribbean Diaspora in Boston. In Educational Attainment, Caribbean Ancestry with a graduate or professional degree is 3.6% versus the commonwealth average 19.6%.The Median Household Income for Caribbean Ancestry is $50,690 versus all Bostonians at $78,420. Dr. Marc-Clerisme speech delivered a deeply thought-provoking dialogue to the attendees on most critical issue facing the Caribbean Diaspora. For the CICD family, it was a renewal of focus but for CICD's future work.

Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) is dedicated to bridging the gap of migratory challenges facing Caribbean newcomers. CICD's initiative delivers sound community integration services focused around promotion of small businesses and real estate development. This initiative also allows the immigrants to better themselves, their families, and provide them with the support and resources that will aid them in assimilating into the community.