haitian studies institute
The campus of Brooklyn College, which houses the Haitian Studies Institute. Photo by Paul Stremple

The Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College has received $1 million in funds that the academic institution said it will use for youth-focused programming, staffing and documenting the Haitian experience in New York City. 

An adopted New York city budget for fiscal year 2022, which began July 1, shows an allocation of $1 million for HSI as part of a pool of $4.5 million devoted to City University of New York (CUNY) research institutes. A total of $23.6 million was allocated for higher education initiatives.

“I’m excited that the council saw the need to provide the necessary resources to HSI so it can do work just like the other institutes,” said Marie-Lily Cerat, interim leader of HSI. “We need staff, we need equipment.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.