2021 Latino/a/x Issues Conference

2021 Latino Issies Conference Logo - celebrating 25 years

Featuring the eSTRELLA Student Research Conference  

All-day virtual conference featuring student research & creative presentations 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The goal of the multilingual Latino/a/x Issues Conference is to support student research; to increase the visibility of Latinx cultures, politics, and interventions in BGSU and our region; and to provide a venue for the recognition of the accomplishments of our Latinx communities.  The Latino/a/x Issues Conference includes the eSTRELLA which means star in Spanish, and in the conference name stands for STudent REsearch on Latino/a/e/x and Latin American Studies. 

Conference Keynote Event:

this picture is a headshot of director Jayro Bustamante

6:00-9:00 pm
Screening of Golden Globe nominated La Llorona
Q & A with Director Jayro Bustamante

  Learn more about the director and this film

Conference Schedule:

All events are virtual and will occur via Zoom.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Time Scheduled Activity
9:00-9:20 AM


BGSU Welcome/Bienvenida/Bem-vinda
    Jennifer McCary, Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer, BGSU’s Division of Diversity and Belonging
Conference Introduction

     Prof. Susana Peña

9:30 AM-
5:00 PM

Virtual Cafecito
Join us all day for informal conversation before and after sessions. While we can't provide you with coffee, pastries, and lunch during the COVID era, we can help facilitate interesting conversations about Latinx issues and foster conversations between our attendees.

9:30-10:20 AM

THEMATIC SESSION: “Mi voz, mi historia”: Latino/a/x Students Tell Their Stories
Moderator: Xavier Boes, Treasurer, Latino Student Union

  • Zeltzin Contreras-Gomez, President, Latino Student Union
  • Emily Marzari, Political Action Chair, Latino Student Union
  •  LSU Alumni
    • Juan Pimiento - President ’13 - ’14
    • Iris Resendez - President ’01 - ’02
    • Catheline (Cat) Haydee Reveles - President ’15 - ’16
    • Michelle Bologna-Dasgupta - PR ’09 - ’10
10:30-11:20 AM

PANEL: Latinx in Education: Looking at the Challenges
Moderator: Prof. Cynthia Ducar

  • “El silenciamiento de lenguas maternas en las aulas de los Estados Unidos,” María Reyes (BGSU alumna)
  • “Mexican and Ecuadorian Adult Low Level English as a New Language (ENL) Learning Perceptions,” Katrina Benson (BGSU graduate student)
  • “Mathematics Teacher Preparation and Attitudes in the Face of Non-Native English-Speaking Students,” Melody Freeland (BGSU graduate student)
12:00-1:20 PM

25 Years of the Latino Issues Conference at BGSU: A Roundtable Discussion with Past and Current Conference Organizers

Moderator: Prof. Susana Peña, Director, School of Cultural & Critical Studies

  • Prof. Francisco Cabanillas, Professor, World Languages and Cultures
  • Yolanda Flores, Retired BGSU Staff Member & BGSU Retirees Association Member
  • Manny Vadillo, Retired BGSU Staff Member (video comments provided)
  • Marcos Rivera, Director of Student Services, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Carmen Castro-Rivera, Director of Graduate Business Admissions, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Marsha Olivarez, Retired BGSU Staff Member and Co-Founder of La Conexión
  • Dr. Ray Plaza, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Santa Clara University
  • McKenna Freeman, BGSU alumna and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Miami University
  • Prof. Luis Moreno, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies
  • Rene O. Ayala, BGSU MA Student, American Culture Studies
1:30-2:20 PM

PANEL: Bearing Witness: Towards a Politics of Healing
Moderator: Prof. Amílcar Challú

  • “The testimonios of Iowa Latinx youth as a response to anti-immigrant politics: Familial assets and healing,” Carlos Casanova (Arizona State University faculty)
  • “The Legend of He-Who: Chapter One - The Miracle at the Wall,” Ben Rosales (BGSU graduate student)
  • “The influence of Social Expectations on Women’s Roles in Leadership Occupancy in Latin America,” Dalia Huansi Panduro (BGSU graduate student)
  • “Ecotourism in Latin America: Globalization and its Effects,” Taylor Abair (BGSU alumna)
2:30-3:20 PM

GUIDED DEMONSTRATION: Latino/a/x Issues Conference Archive
Facilitator: Emily Edwards (BGSU Graduate Student)

Join us in the Virtual Cafecito Zoom Room for a guided demonstration of the pictures, documents, and articles we have collected documenting the history of LIC at BGSU.

3:30-4:20 PM

PANEL: Narrative Inquiries of Latinx Gendered Identities from Literature to Television
Moderator: Prof. Amy Robinson

  • “Las mujeres de Vida: identidades latinx y la gentrificación en Boyle Heights,” Savannah Mattie (BGSU grad student)
  • “‘Anything to be Monsters’: Monstrous Figures in Jaquira Diaz's Ordinary Girls,” Hali Kivari (BGSU grad student)
  • “‘Catholic God Made Me’: The Latinx Religiosity of Alexander Claremont-Diaz,” Trinidad Linares (BGSU alumna)
4:30-5:45 PM

READING/LECTURA BILINGÜE:  Boricua Even if I was Born on the Moon: Creating a Charity Anthology for Puerto Rico
Moderator: Prof. Pedro Pablo Porbén

  • Elena Aponte (BGSU alumna)
  • Abby Cloud (BGSU faculty)
  • Francisco Cabanillas (BGSU faculty)
6:00-9:00 PM

Keynote Film Screening and Presentation and Q&A with Director Jayro Bustamante
Presenters: Prof. Michaela Walsh and Prof. Valeria Grinberg Pla

Q&A with Director Jayro Bustamante
Film: La Llorona (Guatemala 2019), Jayro Bustamante (Dir.)
Conference attendees will receive access to this Golden Globe nominated film.  Join us as we introduce and discuss the film and then discuss it with Director Jayro Bustamante.

Organized and sponsored by La Union de Estudiantes Latinos (Latino Student Union)
Ecap logo
The 2021 Latino/a/x Conference is co-sponsored by BGSU’s Ethnic Cultural Arts Program (ECAP).

This event was originally scheduled to occur in person at BGSU in 2020.  Although we were able to provide some virtual content at that time, we had to postpone this event due to COVID-19.  We hope you will plan to join us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary (again)!

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance, or appropriate accommodations to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. 
Please notify us prior to the event. 

Questions?   Contact Susana Peña susanap@bgsu.edu