First Annual Latino Summit - Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Motivate Latin/Hispanic students to pursue a college education by explaining to them and their Families the process of admission, how to get financial AID, and laws to document Latino Youth

College? Si Se Puede!



8:00-8.30 AM


Ballroom Hall

8.30 - 8.45 AM


Ballroom Hall


Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote, Professor, Founder Director Institute of International Studies and Diversity (IISD)

Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Students

Ms. Jessica Gonzalez, President of La Familia, Student Government Association


9:00-9.15 AM


Ballroom Hall


Ms. Stephanie Sandoval, Enrollment Services Specialist

Other recommended video: The Dream is Now!


9.15-9.30 AM


Ballroom Hall


Attorney Dana Davidson 


9:30- 10:30 AM


Facilitator: Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote, Institute of International Studies and Diversity. 

Ballroom Hall


Panelists provide opportunities for us to learn about their pathways to success. The panelists will answer questions from the audience and serve as a resource to students and families. Through their experiences, we will learn how to make this possible.

 Dr. Isaac Rosler - Hispanic Languages and Literature, where you can go being bilingual and multicultural
Susanne Bleiberg Seperson , Social Sciences, Employment Opportunities in the Social Sciences
Dr. John Vargas -  Math and Sciences, Hispanics in Sciences and Math-- why not?  powerpoint
Prof. Sixto Portilla - Department of Earth and Marine Sciences. Research and international travel programs!
Dr. Albert Inserra -
Do not stop at undergraduate education - Go on to Graduate Education



10:30-10:45 AM



10:45-11:45 AM


Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Tatum

Ballroom Hall


The panelists provide opportunities for us to learn about their pathways to success.

Ms. Ana Maria de Cobo – First Generation Students Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez -  Vision of a graduate student and father of Latino students

Ms. Silvana Velarde  – Graduate student, former President of the Dowling International Club

Mr. Harold Solis – From Immigrant to Immigration Lawyer

Mr. Osman Canales – Long Island  Immigrant Student  Advocate President

Ms. Tagasichani Peralta - The world of undergraduate student



11:45 AM


1)College Tour

2) Admissions Information and Financial Aid Information Repeated twice At 11.45 AM And 12. 15 PM

3)Meet Our Professors And Students


11:45 AM




11:45 AM



 Ms. Carla Guevara, Director of Financial AID




Everyone knows that college can be expensive, but what financial resources are available for Latino students? Come learn about different scholarships and financial aid resources, as well as other tools to prepare you for a successful college experience.


11.45 AM



Ms. Stephanie Sandoval

Dowling Catalogue 


 11.45 -12.30 PM





Ms. Roxann Hristovsky, Director of Career Services


Ms. Ann-Margaret Themistocleous, Director International Studies Services

Meet the professors

Dr. Isaac Rosler,  Hispanic Language and Literature

Dr.   Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson,  Department of Sociology

Prof. Sixto Portilla,  Department of Earth and Marine Sciences

Dr. John Vargas, School of Arts & Sciences - Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Prof. Linda Prentiss, Visual Arts

Dr.Kevin T. McDonnell, Ph.D. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Richard Wilkins, Biology
Dr. Sandra Loughran, School of Education
Dr. Linda Catelli, School of Education
Dr. Barbara Nolan, School of Education
Dr. Patrick Johnson, School of Education




12.30-1 PM


Ballroom Hall





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Special thanks to Dr. Juana Roman (Dowling alumnus) , to Mr. Victor Schaeperkoetter , Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote and Dr. Isaac Rosler, Marissa Iberico-Riess,

Dr. John Vargas and Ms. Bonnie Forbes



Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote (your  host) 

moroteFounder Director of the Institute of International Studies and Diversity (IISD)  International scholar. She has performed consulting activities in several countries such as Peru, Mexico and El Salvador. She has presented research papers at international conferences including the countries of India, Italy, Canada, Mexico, France and Peru. Currently, Dr. Morote is a Full Professor at Dowling College at the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology. Research interests are related to educational technology, economics of education, multicultural education, finances, and Gross National Happiness. Before Dowling, she was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001-2003) as senior post-doctoral researcher, and Entrepreneurship and Finances professor at Monterrey Institute of Technology (1993-2007). More info about her: Dr. Morote is committed to promote education and She is today your host in "College, Si Se Puede!"



Dr. Clyde Payne


payneDr. Clyde Payne is the Dowling Dean of Students. He has serve in the position of dean of the School of Education at Dowling College from 2000-2012. Dr. Payne was a public school educator for over thirty-eight years, teaching high school mathematics for the West Babylon School District, in addition to holding several positions, as department chair, assistant principal, and principal, in schools for the East Islip School district. Dr. Payne has been active in his community, where he helped start the first Head Start Program for the Bay Shore community. He has served as a board member and chair of the South Side Hospital Board of Trustees and Community Board, as well as a member of the North Shore-LIJ health system board of Trustees. Dr. Payne has been married to his wife, Constance for almost 50 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.


Ms. Stephanie Sandoval

sanovalMy name is Stephanie Sandoval I am 23 years old I am an alumna from Dowling College where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Romance Languages. During my Undergraduate experience I was former president of the Spanish club "La Familia" educating our Dowling Community about our Latino culture. In my senior year I was President of the Student Government Association. Currently I am an Admissions counselor at this institution working with students who are interested in applying to our school as well as answering questions about the college process. I love working with students in higher education! With both my parents from Latin America I am proud to say that I did it and so can you! 






Ms. Jessica Gonzalez


My name is Jessica Gonzalez; I am a senior, graduating in May 2013. My major is in Special Education Adolescent with a concentration in Romance languages (Spanish and French). I am a first generation college graduate. I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My parents emigrate from the Dominican Republic. I am currently the president of La Familia club at Dowling. I enjoy being an active figure on and off campus. I have such a deep passion for educating people of all ages.






Keynote Speaker:

Attorney Dana T. Davidson


Dana  T. DavidsonDana Davison is the principal of Davidson Law Group, P.C. with offices in Glen Cove and New York City. She has over 20 years of experience and focuses primarily on all aspects of immigration and nationality law, representing major multinational corporations, including computer software companies, financial institutions, internet services providers, pharmaceutical consultancies, religious organizations and other non-profit corporations. Ms. Davidson also represent individuals, including world renowned authors, cinematographers, models, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians, whom she advises on procuring temporary and permanent employment-based visas. She also advises on the regulatory and compliance issues attendant to this practice area including corporate and I-9 compliance. Ms. Davidson began her legal career as in-house corporate counsel at Philips Credit Corp, a subsidiary of N.V. Philips, and thereafter at Unity Healthcare Holding Company, practicing in the areas of general corporate law, large scale commercial banking and real estate transactions, employment law, employment-based immigration law, and overseeing all litigation matters.



Dr. Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson


Susanne BleigerSUSANNE BLEIBERG SEPERSON, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York and the Director of the Center for Intergenerational Policy and Practice at Dowling College.  She received her graduate degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She is a past president of the New York State Sociological Association and past president of the Dowling College Chapter of New York State United Teachers faculty union,

Dr. Bleiberg Seperson has received grants from the United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAI/Yad Vashem), National Institute of Mental Health, the International Research Exchange (IREX) Foundation, and the Foundation for Long Term Care.  She was honored by the New York State United Teachers union as a Higher Education Member of the Year in 2003, received the Ph.D. Alumni Association Special Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2005, and was honored by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation at their Annual Remembrance Ball for her work with the Intergenerational Center in 2010.  In 2012 she was honored to be asked to serve as a representative for Generations United, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.  In 2012 she also received a grant to participate in a United Nations Academic Impact Program on Holocaust history at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel.

 She is also the co-editor of Elder Care and Service Learning: A Handbook, and past Executive Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Studies. She has been a member of evaluation teams of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as an outside evaluator at numerous colleges.



Dr. Albert Inserra

AlbertDr. Albert Inserra is currently the Chair of the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology. He has been on the faculty at Dowling since 2002. During that time he has mentored over 50 doctoral students, serving as their chair or design.  Prior to coming to Dowling, he was a Superintendent of Schools in two different school districts in Nassau County, Carle Place for 10 years and Port Washington for seven. He began his career in education 45 years ago as a science teacher.  He earned his doctorate in Educational Administration from Fordham University in 1980. In his capacity as Chair of the Department, he serves on numerous college wide committees and has a particular interest in school leadership.



Dr. John Vargas

B.A. -  Mathematics - Hunter College (City University of New York)
M.S. - Applied Mathematics - New York University Graduate school of Engineering and Science
M.S. - Mathematics - Adelphi University
Ph.D. - Mathematics - Adelphi University
Teaching Experience:   
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College (City University of New York, Bronx, New York) 1972 - 1980
Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, New York) 1980 - 1989
Dowling College - 1989 - Present
I have given over 50 presentations at conferences, high schools, and colleges.


Mr. Sixto Portilla


SixtoMr. Portilla is an adjunct lecturer of Marine Sciences and runs the marine labs in the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College.  He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of NY.  He spends a great deal of time in boats and at Dowling’s new research center – C.E.E.C.O.M. – where he studies the physical and living environment of Great South Bay.




Isaac Rosler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Foreign Language
I experienced a shift in my education when I decided to change my career from business to literature.
My educational background is the following:
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, U. of Texas at Austin (1990-95)
M.A. in Foreign Language and Literature, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1987-89)
M.A. in Business Administration, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1984-86)
B.A. in Business Administration, U. of Lima (Lima-Peru).(1977-83)
I have been the advisor for The International Club at Dowling for the past five years, and we meet regularly during each academic year. Occasionally we organize trips to Manhattan, Washington DC and Philadelphia.
We also like to organize trips abroad for language and visual arts majors. The Language Department in conjunction with Visual Arts offer courses taught in various parts of Latin America and Europe. These enriching and multidisciplinary events expose the students to literature, art, history, and to a first hand experience with the target country and the language.

All these panelists will be present in "Meet the professors" as well as 

Ms. Linda Prentiss

Linda Prentiss is an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts department at Dowling College, teaching graphic design, art history and studio courses. She is also the studio manager for the Graphics Computer Lab. She graduated from Stony Brook University and C.W. Post, Long Island University with an M.F.A. degree. She is an active printmaker with an international exhibition record, and also does freelance illustration and layout design. 

Dr. Luis Rivera

Dr. Luis E. Rivera has been  a faculty member for Dowling for years. He loves  working with Dowling and its students. He has   served as a consultant for the International Monetary Fund’s Money and Capital Markets Division.  He  was an International Lending Officer for Manufacturers Hanover Trust, a major money center bank. He is currently  Full Professor of Finance and at the College.  He currently serves  on the boards of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, the Northeast Business & Economics Association, and the Global Business & Technology Association. He has   published in various books, journals, and proceedings, such as the International Journal of Commerce and Management, The Journal of Business and Society, The International Journal of  Economic Research, The International Journal of Business, Accounting and Finance, The American Business Review, The Journal of Applied Business Research, International Business and Management,  the Journal of Global Business & Technology, and International Business Research. He is  also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business & Economic Studies.  My formal education includes a Ph.D., an M.A., and a B.A..

Second Panel; College !!Si Pudimos!! 


Our Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie L. Tatum


tatumStephanie L. Tatum earned her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and MA in Educational Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her BA in Political Science is from Texas Southern University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Department of Educational, Administration, Leadership, and Technology at Dowling College in Long Island, New York. Prior to joining the Dowling Faculty, she was the Principal at an elementary school in Urbana, Illinois.

Dr. Tatum’s research interests include: multicultural education, multiculturalism in social organizations, African Americans and educational expansion, culturally relevant pedagogy, women in leadership, sociological-historical analysis of low educational achievement, the role of families in educating students placed at risk of academic failure, and instructional technology. She has publications in national and international journals, as well as a book chapter in an edited volume funded by the Ford Foundation. She presents her research, chairs sessions, and is a discussant at several refereed national and international conferences; she also serves on peer review panels for refereed professional organizations that focus on research in education.

Dr. Tatum has received numerous awards for outstanding leadership and social justice, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for the City of Champaign in Illinois. She is the recipient of the New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA) Ann Meyers Award, which recognizes individuals committed to mentoring educational leaders. Dr. Tatum was recognized by the 2010 and 2011 President and Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for her outstanding research skills on the peer review panel.

Ms. Silvana Velarde

A Mass media Communicator & a Visual Artist with a mind an eye for innovation, creativity and image development. Born in Lima, Peru.  She is pursing an MBA in management and leadership at Dowling College. She has been practicing photography since 2000 in the areas of journalism, commercial, social and studio photography. She has worked in a major newspaper from Peru, Diario El Comercio, collaborated in Newsday and Diario La prensa, from NY, and participated in several photo exhibitions both in Peru, Lima and United States, Florida/New York. Her goal in life is to combine all her skills, expertise and knowledge to deliver the best in every job.

She is currently working in Photography and graphic Design as a freelance. One of her projects is to develop a non-profit organization based on a photography workshop to help a community of street children and autistic kids in her home country. She was honored to be the president of the International Club during her Bachelors at Dowling College. She enjoys learning about other cultures while attending and organizing international events. She loves learning languages and cooking foods with her international friends. For sports and hobbies she loves drawing and painting, running, tennis and going rock climbing.




Harold Solis


Harold A. Solis was born in Nicaragua in 1988.  Having grown up  in New York City, he witnessed frustration and suffering in the immigrant community. As a result he became passionate about  pursuing  a career as an immigration lawyer.  After graduating from St. Francis College in 2010, he received his law degree from Cardozo Law School in 2012.  As a law student Harold  worked tirelessly at the HIV Law Project, where he helped immigrants seek asylum to escape persecution.  He also worked at the New York City Law Department, where he assisted in representing  New York City  in state court.  Today, as an immigration attorney, Harold practices in all aspects of U.S.  immigration law.




Ana Maria Cobo de Paci

Mrs. Anamaria Cobo de Paci was born in Quito, Ecuador, and raised by her mother in Jamaica, Queens, New York.  She currently resides in Pennsylvania. She holds Masters in College Administration and Counseling from New York University (NYU) and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts anAna Mariad Business Administration from Saint John’s University.  She is currently pursuing her ED.D. in Education, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College.  Mrs. Cobo de Paci has served as an administrator at Columbia University, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, Stony Brook Southampton. Currently, Ms. Cobo de Paci manages her own business ACP consulting for first generation Latino/a student going to college.  Additionally, Mrs. Cobo de Paci has a distinguished career of twenty years in Higher Education as an administrator, counselor, leadership trainer, researcher, and consultant.

Currently Mrs. Cobo de Paci served as the Director for the University of Pennsylvania Center for Hispanic Excellence “La Casa Latina.” In this role she has developed innovative strategies to help promote Latino recruitment, retention, and academic excellence through her continued research of Latino issues. Furthermore in this position she is responsible for educational, social, cultural, and academic programs aimed at raising awareness of the Latino community. 

As former chair of the Latino Caucus and member of the advisory board for the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education in America, Mrs. Cobo de Paci has been instrumental in presenting workshops and facilitating discussions on the sociocultural development of Latino/a students.  In addition, she serves as a consultant to several faculty, administrators, and high schools possessing Latino/a students who are facing social, cultural, and academic difficulty.   Mrs. Cobo de Paci continues to dedicate her career to the research of Latino/a student issues surrounding their transition into predominately white institutions.  In addition, Mrs. Cobo de Paci has presented numerous workshops on Latino/a students, faculty and staff, as well as multicultural issues in higher education at national conferences and educational institutions across the country. 


Mr. Osman Canales


My name is Osman Canales, 24 years old. I am a student at Suffolk County Community College, major in Psychology. I am a young activist for immigrant rights and President/Founder of Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates. An Organization dedicated to empower the lives of immigrant students on Long Island. I was born in El Salvador, I came to the United States when I was 10 yrs old to live on Long Island. I came with my family looking for a better life, with a bag full of dreams. Like most immigrants I confronted many challenges, but I never gave up.

I am the first and only one from my family to attend College. My goal is to become a lawyer, to advocate for humans and immigrant rights. I believe we all have a mission to accomplish in this world and my mission is to advocate for social justice and help my community.  I have received a number of awards for my work in the community; In 2011 I was chosen as one of the “NY 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars” By The Hispanic Coalition NY Inc. I have also received recognitions from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other community Organizations.




Dr. Ramon-Osvalo Gonzalez


Ramon-Osvaldo Gonzalez Ramon-Osvaldo Gonzalez, born in Paraguay, earned his MBA and Doctoral Degree at Dowling College. His undergraduate degrees include; BA on Aeronautical Science – Professional Pilot at Farmingdale State College. He also earned his AS at Nassau Community College in Computer Science and holds a Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Dr. Gonzalez is a full time Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College in the Department of Aviation, School of Engineering Technology since 2006. Having served as Department Program Coordinator and Chair, he now spend his time teaching and mentoring students research.

Dr. Gonzalez’s research interest include: student’s ethics, aviation safety, and human factor in complex systems. His publications include national and international peer reviewed journal and conference proceedings. Dr. Gonzalez is very active in the University Aviation Association (UAA) where he chairs the Professional Development Committee and also serves on peer review panels for the Collegiate Aviation Review refereed journal. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the City of Glen Cove Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE), AOPA Air Safety Institute, and the FAA Safety Team.




Mr. Richard Lebel, Director of Admissions 

Ms. Stephanie Sandoval - Enrollment Services

Ms. Carla Guevara, Director Financial AID

Ms. Roxann Hristovsky, Director of Career Services




Ms. Ann-Margaret Themistocleous, Director International Studies Services


Ms. Nancy Ordemann and Dr. Diane Impagliazzo 



Dowling Catalogue 

Info about scholarships