Program Schedule

Conference Program

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Panel / Guest Speaker(s) Title(s) Presenter(s)

8:30 - 9:00 AM    –    Welcome

Welcoming Zoom link 
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Dr. Chris Fiorentino. WCUPA President
Dianne Herrin. West Chester Borough Mayor
Nelly Jimenez. Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf
Dr. Tracey Ray Robinson. WCU Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

9:00 - 9:50 AM     –     Session 1

 Panel 1
Panel 1 Zoom link
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Services that make a Big Impact for Low Income Families in our Communities Alma Vidal, Cecilia Arce, Kirby L. Wycoff,
Chester County Maternal and Child Health Consortium
La Comunidad Hispana Escalera Program Norma Diego-Flores, LCH Health and Community Services


Panel 2
Panel 2 Zoom link 
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Dialogic Education for Love and Transformation Obed Arango, María Guadalupe Castillo, Horacio De La Luz, María de Lourdes Flores, Holly Link, Diana Lugo, Laura Sánchez, Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación (CCATE)
Curating Educational Spaces with Autohistoria-Teoría and Conocimiento: A Decolonial Feminist Teacher Inquiry Leslie C. Sotomayor, Edinboro University

10:00 - 10:50 AM     –     Session 2

Guest Speaker 1
Guest Speakers Zoom link 
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Cult of Glory: The Bold And Brutal History Of The Texas Rangers Doug Swanson, University of Pittsburgh

11:00 - 11:50 AM     –     Session 3 

Panel 3
Panel 3 Zoom link 
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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Latinx community Heather Edelblute, WCU Health
Alma Vidal, Chester County Maternal and Child Health Consortium
George Escobar, CASA


Panel 4
Panel 4 Zoom link 
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Loretta Perna: An Outstanding Educator Supporting Latinx Students in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Guadalupe Ortíz Cortéz, Sonia Castano-García, Estéfani Sanchez Fonseca, Marlen Cordova and Angel Chimal Rodriguez. Facilitators: Power Start team: Emily Elmore and Raúl Olmo Fregoso Bailón, WCU Education

12:00 - 12:50 PM     –     Lunch Break 

Lunch Break Zoom link
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Welcome by Dr. Jen Bacon, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Radha Pyati, Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Dr. Desha Williams, Dean of the College of Education and Social Work

Latino Professionals Luncheon Group of Chester County Scholarship Awards

Music by Mezzo-soprano Paula Rivera-Dantagnan

1:00 - 1:50 PM     –     Session 4

Guest Speakers 2
Guest Speakers Zoom link
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The Missing and Disappeared Immigrants at the US-Mexico Border Gia Del Pino and Lourdes Gonzalez, Colibrí Center for Human Rights

2:00 - 2:50 PM     –     Session 5

 Guest Speakers 3
Guest Speakers Zoom link
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Circles and Gems Xelena González and Adriana M. García, children's books author and illustrator

3:00 - 3:50 PM     –     Session 6

Panel 5
Panel 5 Zoom link 
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The Impact of the Latino Vote Nelly Jimenez and Emilio A. Buitrago, Governor’s Advisory Commission of Latino Affairs

Christopher Jaramillo and Angelique Hinton, Norristown NAACP


Panel 6
Panel 6 Zoom link
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Scholar-Activist Identity: When Scholarship Meets Action Stephen Santa-Ramirez, University of Buffalo, Dawn Demps, Arizona State University
When the Stars Align for Luna: A Latinx Theatrical Experience Adriana Dominguez, UT El Paso
The Transnational Geographies of Immigrant Girls as Caregivers Melisa Argañaraz Gomez, University of Maryland

4:00 - 4:30 PM     –     Closing Session

Closing Remarks Zoom link
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 Closing Remarks  

Post-conference event: A virtual Tour of Dutchirican: a Latinx History of Central Pennsylvania Exhibition link will be posted on our website for the month of October.

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