New Jersey City University (NJCU) and Grupo Latinoamericano de Cónsules en New Jersey (GLACO) signed a memorandum of understanding last week agreeing to collaborate on migratory, educational, and health issues.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“With the signing of this memorandum of understanding, our university strengthens its commitment to serving the most socioeconomically diverse student population in the state. NJCU has played a critical role in our community for generations and today’s MOU is yet another investment in those who depend on this institution,” NJCU President Andres Acebo said in a statement.
“As an anchor institution for Hudson County and the region, our mission-driven work goes far beyond the classroom and is essential to the Jersey City and Hudson County communities, and we will continue focusing on being mission driven to bettering the lives of and providing educational access to our underserved communities. So many members of our community are from nations within the GLACO footprint, and I am excited about the outcomes this MOU will bolster.”
GLACO represents an alliance made up of 17 Latin American consulates that contributes towards the recognition of the Latino community in New Jersey, establishing dialogues with local institutions and government agencies.
The purpose of the MOU is to explore ways for NJCU to collaborate with the consulates, and thus will, strengthen both institutions’ commitment to serving Hispanic communities in New Jersey.
The MOU was signed by Andrés Acebo, Interim President NJCU and Roberto Ariel Valles Montes, Consul General of El Salvador in New Jersey and President of GLACO.
“By signing this memorandum of understanding we are taking concrete action on our commitment to address the challenges that communities of Latin American countries face in a similar way, which, because of their complexity, demand immediate attention and encourage the development of shared strategies for the achievement of common solutions within the framework of respect for human rights and international cooperation, based on dialogue, mutual understanding, shared responsibility and reciprocity,” Valles Montes added.
NJCU’s Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility was the facilitator of the agreement.