“I commit to giving the best of me. Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”. President Alejandro Benjamin

DANR Elects its 10th President: Rev. Alejandro Benjamin

“I commit to giving the best of me. Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”. President Alejandro Benjamin
Prof., Rev. Alejandro Benjamin

Washington, DC. (October 24, 2017).– Bishop Alejandro Benjamín has been elected 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only national organization in the United States of America advocating for the socio-economic and political empowerment of Dominicans in USA and its territories, including Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“De corazón, doy las gracias a los miembros de la junta que me eligieron a la posición de Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana”, dijo Bishop Benjamín. “Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí.
Entendiendo que los logros son resultado de quiénes juntos trillan el camino. Nada se logra solo. Es en el conjunto que haremos la diferencia de servir mejor para que nuestra comunidad sea cada día más fuerte en los Estados Unidos de América, en la Republica Dominicana y en el mundo”.

“I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the members of the Board of Directors for electing me President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR),” stated Bishop Benjamin. “I commit to giving the best of me. I understand that success is the end result of working together. Nothing is achieved by one self. Serving our community together we can make a difference in strengthening it in the United States, Dominican Republic and the world.”

“His professional and community leadership role makes the perfect leader for DANR at this time. With his compassion and know-how, he will move the organization to the next level of functioning to empower our community in the United States,” said outgoing president Claribel Martínez Marmolejos.

Bishop Rev. Alejandro Benjamín is a professor of Sociology at Bergen County Community College. He is Senior Pastor of Rock of Salvation Church. He is a consummate, highly respected and well-known educator, community leader and prolific author with expertise in graduate level social work education, research, community -university capacity building partnerships, political advocacy, organizing and faith based institutions.

Bishop Benjamín is originally from Barahona, an old town in the southwestern of the Dominican Republic. He came to the United States as an immigrant in the 1970s. Since then, he has resided in the great State of New Jersey. He is married to Yolanda, with whom he has three children: Jessica, Raquel and Alejandro III, and four grandchildren.

With his election, Benjamín becomes the 10th president of the DANR. He will serve a two-year term from 2018 to 2019. The list of previous DANR presidents includes Víctor Capellán, Adriano Espaillat, Margarita Cepeda, Ana García Reyes, Cid Wilson, Néstor Montilla, Sr., Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Francesca Pena and Claribel Martínez Marmolejos.

His highly anticipated swearing-in ceremony will take place at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 8:30am to 4pm.

At the swearing-in ceremony, President-elect Benjamin will be accompanied by his presidential cabinet composed of Vice President Dr. Miguel Hernandez, Chairwoman Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Treasurer María Trusa and Secretary Dan-el Padilla, Ph.D.

In addition, all DANR board members will be present, including newly appointed board members Jose Cruz from New York, Yudelka Tapia from The Bronx, Debralee Santos from New York, Patricia Vasquez from Pennsylvania, and Jose Colon from New Jersey.

From across the United States, members and leaders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) and its Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr., will also attend the ceremony in support of DANR President elect Alejandro Benjamin.

About DANR
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States. www.danr.org

DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairperson, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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18th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs

To register visit the Institute for Latino Studies‘ website via: http://instituteforlatinostudies.org


Concerting Efforts to Advance Our Agenda

Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 8:30am to 4pm.

Rutgers School of Law

123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102



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Conference Highlights

  • -Swearing-in Ceremony of Professor Alejandro Benjamin as the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR)
  • Rev. Alejandro Benjamin
  • -Plenary forums, workshops, and the Annual General Assembly of the National Dominican American Council
  • -A plenary breakfast forum consisting of a research presentation by scholar Nestor Montilla, Sr. about the long-lasting effects of American Presidents’ military occupations of the Dominican Republic and the Republic Haiti on immigration from Hispaniola to USA.

This plenary forum also includes an open discussion about Montilla’s research findings regarding rape, sexual abuse and prostitution under the US 1916-1924 occupation of the Dominican Republic.

Considering that the American white male soldiers and military leadership deployed to invade the Dominican Republic in 1916 brought with them their white supremacy complex and condescending white superiority attitude towards women and a mostly dark-skinned African descent population, a salient point of the discussion will center on considering how US military’s policies aimed at changing Dominican traditional sexual and gender norms during the invasion of the Dominican Republic paved the way for the justification to control and deride women in society, and for the virtual institutionalization of rape, violence and sexual crimes against Dominican women.
This plenary will feature a select group of expert panelists and will include a Q&A section.

The 2017 Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) was made possible thanks to the generous support of UNIVISION, Formé Medical Center, Global Psychiatry Services, PC, and the collaboration of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jew Jersey (LLANJ), Dynamics Multilingual Services, and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC).

CODA is a signature project of the Institute for Latino Studies Research and Development (ILS).

About ILS
The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), founded in 2001, dedicated to quality research and advocacy for a better society, is a non-profit entity recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) (3) organization. ILS believes that a solid understanding of cultural identity and people’s socio-economic reality is essential for development in a multi-cultural society.

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