For the past 30 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, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Hunter College/CUNY; El Museo del Barrio, El Puente, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY, Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights — Justice Committee, and 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 every day 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 three decades, 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.
Teresa A. Santiago