Dominican American Leaders Duty-Bound to Washington for Introspection

DANR archival photo of 2012 Summit at the U.S Capitol.


The Dominican American National Roundtable will host its 17th Annual Leadership Summit in Washington, DC from Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21, 2014

Highlights of the program include a Legislative Day on Thursday, September 18th, and on Saturday, September 20th at 1pm at the U.S. Capitol, “Introspective: A Call to Action,” a historic strategic summit of leaders about the internal and external challenges US communities face when competing for political representation, socio-economic opportunities and inclusion. The agenda also includes discussion on impending immigration reform (Bills H.R.5 and H. R. 490) and education policy (HR 521).

Participants will join DANR leadership, elected officials, and experts to discuss the current state and prospects of Dominican Americans in USA.

Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor at Syracuse University, will join DANR Vice President Professor & Rev. Alejandro Benjamín, and other experts to talk about the psychopathology of leadership, the need for introspection and action strategies to advance.

“On behalf of our current Board of Directors, I would like to invite founders, former board directors, members of DANR and its Advisory Board and all Dominican American elected officials, business and community leaders to attend this historic summit at the US Capitol Visitors’ Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 20th at 1pm,” said current DANR President Francesca Peña.

“We anticipate the participation of DANR former presidents Víctor Capellán, Margarita Cepeda, Adriano Espaillat, Ana García Reyes, Cid Wilson, Néstor Montilla, Sr., and Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, whom we have especially invited.”

To this date, over 75 participants have confirmed to attend including the following: Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor at Syracuse University, Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, immediate DANR past president, Professor Alejandro Benjamín, DANR Vice President and Professor at Bergen County Community College, RI Senator Juan Pichardo, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Councilman Alex Méndez, Paterson, NJ, Councilman Julio Tavarez, Paterson, NJ, NYC School Principal Juan Villar, Dr. Rafael Núñez Cedeño, University of Illinois, Dr. Ramón Antonio Veras, Dr. Rafael Lantigua, NYC School Principal Robert Mercedes, Dr. Narcisa Polonio, Executive Vice President at Association Community Colleges Trustee, Dr. Miguel Hernández, Hon. Claribel Martínez Marmolejos from Puerto Rico, Dr. Alberto Correa, Professor at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Councilman Kendrys Vásquez, Lawrence Massachusetts , DANR Chairman Néstor Montilla, Sr., DANR Youth President María Moreno, DANR Vice President America Scrotch, Florida, Councilman Julio Guridy, Council President and DANR Vice President, Pennsylvania, DANR Council Coordinator in Puerto Rico Leodanys Hinojosa, Legislador de Puerto Rico Jimmy Zorrilla, Newark Community Leader Aníbal Alcántara, DANR Council Coordinator in Paterson, NJ Juan Kivelier, DANR Council Coordinator in Philadelphia Sarita Montilla (updated list of participants will be published via

After the forum at the US Capitol, DANR will host an Award Ceremony and Commemorative Dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, starting at 7pm.

DANR has invited Mr. Thomas Pérez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, to be the keynote speaker.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend. To RSVP contact DANR Press Office via

DANR has partnered with the Hyatt Regency Washington (short walking distance from the US. Capitol: 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001) to offer summit attendees a limited number of rooms at special hotel rates for Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2014. To secure discount rate, reservation must be made now or before August 25th via the following custom link: or by calling 1-888-421-1442 and asking for the Dominican American National room block. First come, first served.

Register for free forum at the US Capitol Visitor Center via custom link available at

RSVP for ticketed DANR Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency, visit or contact DANR via or call 202-238-0097.

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