LatinxConnect conference will have more than 60 programs

The LatinxConnect virtual conference will feature more than 60 programs over three days covering a variety of topics related to Latinx history, arts, culture and more.

The conference, hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, is scheduled for Oct. 14 to 16, and the theme is “Elevating Latinx Identities & Contemporary Issues.”

Gina Garcia, an associate professor at the School of Education and author of “Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities,” will emcee the conference.

The conference will feature panel discussions, workshops, live music, salsa dancing and more. Several speakers have been announced so far, including:

  • Bamby Salcedo, a Mexican-American transgender activist and founder of the TransLatin@ Coalition
  • Eduardo Chavez, an activist and director of the documentary “Hailing Cesar”
  • Michal Rodriguez Muniz, a professor at Northwestern University and author of “Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change”
  • Amalia Dache, an Afro-Cuban scholar and editor of “Rise Up! Activism as Education”

The Hispanic Latino Professional Association, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Creativity also are inviting participants to submit items such as art, writing, music and personal stories that represent their cultural identities for the Latinx Artifact Showcase. 

To register and find out more information about the conference, visit the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s website.

Conference schedule

Oct. 14

9-10:15 a.m. — Media as Activism & Advocacy within the Latinx Community

10:30 a.m.-noon — Concurrent sessions

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Performing Afrolatinidad: The Arts, Identity, and Social Justice

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Concurrent sessions

4-5:30 p.m. — Policy & Advocacy Panel: Current LatinX Affairs in Pennsylvania

5:30-7 p.m. — Live music

Oct. 15 

9-10:15 a.m. — Latinx Data: Historical Civil Rights Advocacy and Contemporary Intersectional Insights

10:30 a.m.-noon — Concurrent sessions

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Activism in Latin America: Cultivando Conocimiento Juntos

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Concurrent sessions

3:30-4:45 p.m. — Advocacy at the Intersection of Latinx, Queer, & Trans Identities

5-7 p.m. — Live music

Oct. 16

10:30 a.m.-noon — Concurrent sessions

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Reflections, Meditation, and Joy