Members Of Puerto Rican Community Will Gather In Bristol Thursday For Roundtable


The Puerto Rican and American flags flying. File photo.

Bucks County Community College will host a roundtable discussion titled “The Puerto Rican Experience in Bucks County and Beyond” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The free event will happen Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks off Veterans Highway in Bristol Township. The event will also be streamed via Zoom.

Five panelists will offer their insights on business, politics, media, the arts, and culture in Puerto Rico. Additionally, they will discuss the efforts made to assist those affected by Hurricane Fiona and remember the jobs they performed to help island following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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Since World War II, Puerto Ricans have been a part of the Bucks County community, according to Joel Berrocal, director of operations for the National Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and one of the event’s organizers.

“Through the good, bad, and ugly, Puerto Ricans have fought in wars, held public office, built successful businesses, and so much more,” said Berrocal, who works in insurance in Bristol Borough. “We hope this discussion gives you just a small sample of the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to our community.”

Berrocal will be joined by four panelists:

  • Rafael Collazo, executive director of UnidosUS Action Fund, who will moderate the discussion
  • Amaris Hernández Padgett, National President, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
  • Julia Rivera, Chief External Affairs Officer, Congresso de Latinos Unidos
  • Samuel Kanig, coordinator, community organizer, filmmaker and musician
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“The Puerto Rican Experience in Bucks County and Beyond” is sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Office of Community and Government Relations.

For more information, contact Jean Dolan at jean.dolan@bucks.edu or 215-968-8094.

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