A seemingly personal conflict between Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and the executive director of the Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College has cast a shadow over the future of the 3-year-old organization, tasked with conducting academic research and organizing community programs.
Academic Remarks by Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Ph. D. Professor of Sociology Founding Director of the City University of New…
We look back at a conversation we had with Dr. Jean Eddy Saint, the founding director of CUNY’s Haitian Studies Institute on President Donald Trump’s comments, referring to Haiti as a “shithole” country.
Beyond the need for cultural awareness, Saint Paul thinks it’s vital that a different voice be heard when Haiti is discussed. He sees the Institute as playing part of that role: “The mainstream outlets will tell you about Haiti when there’s a catastrophe, but they will never tell you about stability in Haiti. It’s like Haiti has never been a country with a stable day-to-day life,” Saint Paul said. “It’s vital to use the Institute to show a counter narrative to this: beyond stigma and charity and disaster.”