--Con Edison to Support the College’s Efforts
With Generous New STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—Scholarships--
FLUSHING, NY, April 21, 2015—Talent and ingenuity know no
borders. That’s the message of the new documentary Underwater Dreams, which Queens College will present on April 29 at
6 pm in Queens Hall 120. This free public screening, with a special welcome
from QC President Félix V. Matos
Rodríguez, will be followed by a panel discussion and a coffee and
dessert reception. Fresh off a screening at the White House earlier this month,
Queens College will also present the film for free in four local high schools
and the New York Hall of Science during the last week of April.
Dreams tells the story of four Mexican-born boys—undocumented immigrants
attending a public high school in Phoenix, Arizona—who, with the help and of their
teachers, built an underwater device out of Home Depot parts and won first
prize in a national robotics competition hosted by NASA in 2004. Each screening
will be followed by a question-and-answer session with robotics team members
Lorenzo Santillan and Luis Aranda, who are coming in from Phoenix, where they
live and work through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). At
the Queens College screening, Q&A will be moderated by QC Professor Anahi
Viladrich from the Sociology Department, whose work focuses on the education,
culture, and health of immigrants in the United States.
“Underwater Dreams provides a poignant reminder of why we must give
all young men and women in America access to high-quality education and
opportunities for professional growth,” says President Matos. “This is why I’m proud of Queens College’s mission to
expand the presence of traditionally underrepresented groups in the STEM
fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—by providing first-rate
programs, mentorships, and scholarships to our highly diverse student
Con Edison is supporting QC’s efforts with generous
new scholarships. “Con Edison is proud to help students attending Queens
College fulfill their highest academic goals by providing scholarships that will support their studies in STEM this
coming fall,” says Carol Conslato, director of public affairs in Con Edison’s Queens office.
“We are committed to expanding opportunities for STEM education, working with
our many partnerships in the communities that we serve. The students whom we
may impact and encourage to go into STEM-related fields are potentially members
of our future workforce. Grants will support three incoming freshman as well as
three students already attending Queens College.”
Dreams will be screened to the public at the following Queens locations:
Queens College, Queens Hall, Room 120 – Wednesday,
April 29, 6 pm. To RSVP, please go to http://underwaterdreamsqc.eventbrite.com.
New York Hall of Science – Thursday, April 30 – 5:30
pm. For http://nysci.org/event/underwater-dreams-screening-and-qa/
Directions to Queens College: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/Pages/default.aspx;
campus map: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/2d/Pages/default.aspx.
Located on a beautiful, 80-acre
campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal
arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and
undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship
opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in
countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Learn more at
For more information about the
screenings of Underwater Dreams, please contact Julia del Palacio at Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
or (718) 997-3589.
For more information about
Underwater Dreams, please go to http://www.underwaterdreamsfilm.com
For more information about Con
Edison’s “The Power of Giving” program, go to http://www.coned.com/partnerships/.