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Message from 2020 Conference Organizing Committee

Dr. Susana Peña invites you to engage with our virtual content related to the Latino/a/x Issues Conference.

We have had to postpone the 25th Latino/a/x Issues Conference as a result of the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus. Although we are saddened that we will not meet in person this March 25th, we are excited to share this digital and video content from the Latino/a/x Issues Conference Organizing Committee.

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25 Years of the Latino/a/x Issues Conference at BGSU Digital Gallery

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To celebrate the 25th Latino/a/x Issues Conference, we have curated a special digital exhibit featuring the conference’s archival history. Since we cannot join together in-person to commemorate the event, please visit the exhibit virtually.

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Keynote Speaker:
Rubén Angel also known as Queer Xicano Chisme   

Rubén Angel is a graduate of UC Davis and a multimedia content creator present across all social media. They produce videos, essays, and podcasts to entertain and educate audiences focusing on Latinx/Chicanx issues, QTPOC, lived and generational trauma, survivor advocacy, pop culture, social justice, and the ethical application of radical “chisme.”

We hope you had the opportunity to learn from the Keynote Talk and Meme Workshop featuring Queer Xicano Chisme.  We want to thank Rubén for virtually engaging with our BGSU community during the COVID-19 crisis after we had to postpone our Spring 2020 conference. We hope to reschedule the conference as soon as possible and will be updating this page with information soon.

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Manny Vadillo Discusses the Organization of the First Latino Issues Conference

One of the organizers of the first Latino Issues Conference, Mr. Manny Vadillo, discusses the creation of the first Latino Issues Conference which took place on April 21-22, 1995 at Bowling Green State University.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Award Presented to Taylor Abair by Dr. Peña

Join us in celebrating Taylor Abair’s recognition as “Outstanding Undergraduate Student” as part of the 25th Latino/a/x Issues Conference. Here Award is presented by Dr. Susana Peña, director for the School of Cultural and Critical Studies.

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Alex Shearer Discusses the Need for Latines in STEM Panel for Conference

Latino/a/x Issues Conference Organizing Committee Member Alex Shearer discusses the Latines in STEM Panel that he organized. The panel has been postponed with the larger Latino/a/x Issues Conference to fall 2020, but enjoy the video discussing the thematic panel we plan to present next semester. 

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The 2020 Latino/a/x Issues Conference (LIC) has been postponed due to the University and the State of Ohio’s proactive response efforts to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. The LIC Organizing Committee does not condone the xenophobic rhetoric associated with the novel coronavirus and stand in solidarity with our fellow Asian and Asian American communities.

For more information, please contact Emily Edwards at

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