Ongoing Crisis: US Policy in Puerto Rico

by Eisenhower Institute

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Thu, Oct 6, 2022

12 PM – 1 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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On Sept. 17, Hurricane Fiona hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, almost five years to the day after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Ricans are again dealing with extreme destruction - blackouts, short water supplies and property damage. It’s a significant setback for efforts to restore the island’s infrastructure, engineer social reconstruction and deal with massive debt. As we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, Chief Diversity Officer Eloisa Gordon-Mora shares insights on why U.S. policy to aid Puerto Rico hasn’t worked, and what her native country needs to bounce back.
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Eloísa Gordon-Mora

Chief Diversity Officer

Gettysburg College

Dr. Eloisa Gordon-Mora serves as Gettysburg College’s Chief Diversity Officer. She is responsible for advancing the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) priorities into the future.

Dr. Gordon-Mora was the inaugural University Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) from 2019-2022. She has over 25 years professional experience in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and civic and democratic engagement.

Before joining UNR, she was Dean of the School of Social Science, Humanities, and Communication at Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM) and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, both in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Prior to relocating to Puerto Rico, she was Vice President for Government Affairs at Safe Horizon; the first full-time Executive director of the philanthropic organization, Daphne Foundation; and the Executive Director of El Barrio Popular Education Program, an academically recognized, action-based research project of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College—all based in New York City.

On a national level, she was selected as one of “35 Outstanding Women in Higher Education” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2020. At the regional level, she is one of two Nevada-wide higher education representatives of the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities’ Equity Council, as well as an Equity Leader at the Nevada Complete College Alliance at the state level. In 2021, she was invited to join the boards of both the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada and Northern Nevada Marches Forward, where she currently serves.

As an educator and political scientist, she has focused on poverty and globalization, community organizing and urban politics, post-authoritarian/delegative democracies, and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has taught at Bates College in Lewiston, ME; Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco, Chile; Marymount Manhattan College and Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research, both in New York City; and at UAGM. Her research interests include higher education, diversity and inclusion, democratic theory, social violence, and post-colonial and post-structuralist literature.

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