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Queens College Presents the Acclaimed Documentary Film, "Underwater Dreams," to Highlight Need for Support of Underrepresented Youth in STEM Fields

--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.

Underwater 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 body.” 

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.”

Underwater 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 more information or to register, please contact the New York Hall of Science at (718) 699-0005 or go to 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 www.qc.cuny.edu.

For more information about the screenings of Underwater Dreams, please contact Julia del Palacio at Julia.del.palacio@qc.cuny.edu 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/.

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