Saturday, October 21, 2017,  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lindquist Center, University of Iowa

Registration  -  Speakers  -  Schedule

The first University of Iowa, College of Education Latinx Educational Excellence in the Midwest Conference aims to build community and pool resources focused on increasing the success and participation of Latinx students, staff, administrators, and faculty in K-12 and higher education institutions in the Midwest.

In partnership with the annual Latinx Youth Summit, the conference will provide resources through research presentations, panel discussions, poster displays, and professional development to increase awareness, develop strategies, and share best practices in addressing the educational needs of Latinx students in the region and is open to all educators, students, and community members.

Conference Registration

Conference registration is closed.

Note for College of Education TEP students: Multiple Teacher Leader Certificate credits are available - community. Students may contact Kari Vogelgesang with questions about TLC credits.


  • College of Education
  • Office of Diversity and Enrichment
  • College of Education Diversity Committee
  • Baker Teacher Leader Center
  • Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
  • LULAC Council 308


More speakers will be added.


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7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast (Jones Commons - N300 Lindquist Center)
8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks (Jones Commons - N300 Lindquist Center)
8:45 a.m. Plenary Speaker - Dan Stevenson, West Liberty Schools
Title - Supporting Latinx Students, Families, and Communities: A Teacher's Perspective
9:30  - 10:45 a.m. Session One
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session Two
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote - Yo Cruzaré: Border Crossing in Higher Education
Dr. Adele Lozano, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Session Three
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Session Four
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Session - Where do we go from here?
Collaboration and Action in Higher Education (TLC Commons - N110 LC)
Collaboration and Action in K-12 Education (TLC PDA - N110 LC)
Collaboration and Action in the Community (N111 Conference Room - N110 LC)


Session One (9:30 - 10:45 a.m.)

Immigration Law and Latinx Activism in Iowa (204 Lindquist Center - south wing)
Jonathan Munoz, Associate Attorney; Nidey Erdahl Fisher Pilkington & Meier, PLC; Emiliano Martinez, Co-founder and Vice President of Hawkeyes for Dream Iowa

Researching Latinx Identities and Issues in K-12 Education (TLC Commons - N110 LC)

  • "Cuentos de la Maestra/Teacher Tales of a Bicultural Latina Feminista in an all African American, all-male Chicago High School"
    Heather Hathaway, University of Illinois—Chicago
  • "Women of Color and Early College High Schools"
    Leslie Locke, University of Iowa
  • “Acts of Understanding and Misunderstanding: Conferencing and Communicating Between Immigrant Parents and Elementary Teachers”
    Carolyn Colvin, University of Iowa Elizabeth Willmore, University of Iowa Jay Arduser, International School (Doha, Qatar)
  • “Home's Cool: The Issue of Homeschooling in Puerto Rico”
    Dalina Perdomo, University of Iowa

Historical and Current perspectives in Latinx Higher Education (TLC PDA - N110 LC)

  • “Serving Latinx Students in Two-Year Colleges with Established and Emerging Latinx Populations: Perspectives from Institutional Leaders”
    Valerie Crespín-Trujillo, University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • “Reclaiming Chicana Leadership: A micro-history of Nancy Rustya Barcelãs leadership and activism at the University of Iowa
    Carla Gonzalez, University of Iowa
  • “Yo no sabía, no pensaba que habían Mexicanos:” Puerto Rican students learning about Latina/x/os and school in the rural Midwest”
    Lisa Ortiz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Strategies and Perspectives on Teaching Latinx Students (N103 LC)
Magarita Mojica, East Moline School District
Note: This workshop session is for K-12 educators and will end at noon.

Session Two (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Moving East and Discovering Latinos in the Heartland: Initiatives and Challenges for Latina/o Studies at the University of Iowa (TLC Commons - N110 LC)
Omar Valerio-Jiménez, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, University of New Mexico; Claire Fox, University of Iowa; Ariana Ruiz, University of Iowa

Closing the Latinx Educational Achievement Gap in STEM Fields (104 LC - south wing)

  • “The Impact of Science Writing Heuristics: Closing the Achievement Gaps between Hispanic and Caucasian Student Achievement”
    Will Hansen, University of Iowa
  • “Investigating perceptions of pre-service secondary mathematics teachers of teaching mathematics for social justice to support Latinx students “
    Gabriela Vargas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Examining Latinx Health Care Needs in Rural and Urban Spaces (N104 LC)

  • “Healthcare Career Exploration Program for Latinx and Rural Adolescents in the Midwest”
    Yunkyoung Loh, GarrisonChing-Lan, LinBrianna Ward, Ji Youn Cindy Kim, Aurora Pham, Sara Heshmati, Mariah Pride, Dr. Saba R. Ali, University of Iowa
  • “’Buscando el cuidado’: Spatial mismatch of health services in Spanish for Latinx immigrants in suburban Chicago communities of Aurora, Cicero, and Carpentersville”
    Aida Guhlincozzi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Past is Prologue: Language Policy and Nativism in New Immigrant Contexts (N103 LC)
Stephanie Guglielmo Lynch, University of Iowa; David Johnson, University of Iowa; Crissa Stephens, University of Iowa

Session Three (1:45 - 3:00 p.m.)

Undocumented Students and the Work of Allies in Higher Education (TLC Commons- N110 LC)

  • “Undocumented Students and Allies in Higher Education”
    Kenia Calderon, Undocumented Activist
  • “Perseverance is Key”
    Reyna Ayala Montes, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • “I have undocumented students. What should I do? Best practices to protect undocumented students in school”
    Vanessa Espinoza, Iowa State University; Jessica Mena Flores, Iowa State University;Berenice Real-Ibarra, Iowa State University

From E to C: Strategies and Programs to Assist Latinx Students from Elementary School to College (TLC PDA - N110 LC)
Mark Hopkins, Buena Vista University; Brittany Garling, Buena Vista University; Lorena Singh, Storm Lake Community School; Yadira Alday, Storm Lake Community School; Chelsea Smith, Storm Lake Community School

Removing Barriers for Underserved Learner: Making Equity in Education Everyone’s Business (204 LC - south wing)
Juan Garcia, ACT, Inc.

Today and Tomorrow: Past Struggles and Developing a Latinx Legacy (N104 LC)

  • “LULAC 101: Struggles Past and Present”
    Bridget Murillo, LULAC Council 318; Andrew Bribiesco, LULAC Council 318
  • “Latinx Legacy Project”
    Marris Opsahl, Goshen College; Jose M. Chiquito Galvan, Goshen College; Ann Hostetler, Goshen College

Session Four (3:15 - 4:15 p.m.)

The Ways for Latinx Students: What Schools Can Do to Support, Encourage, and Mentor First Generation Latinx Students (204 LC - south wing)
Carolyn Colvin, University of Iowa; Hernan Bernabe, University of Iowa; Elia Faria, Iowa's Upward Bound Program

Researching and Promoting Equity in Education for Latinx Students (104 LC - south wing)

  • “Promoting equal educational opportunity for Iowa's emergent bilingual Latinx students"
    Crissa Stephens, University of Iowa
  • “Investigating teachers’ knowledge and beliefs on multiculturalism and the relation to Hispanic students’ science learning”
    Yejun Bae, University of Iowa; Eunjung Kim, University of Iowa
  • “Hispanic Serving Institutions: What are they?”
    Mark Valencia, University of Iowa

The Strength of Street Knowledge: Doing Woke Research, Engagement, and Intervention in Black and Latino Communities (N104 LC)
Rodrigo Dominguez-Martinez, Northern Illinois University; Matthew Simpson, United Way, Inc.

Admisiones a las universidades y convertirseen estudiante univerversitario (Admission to the universities and becoming a college student) (N103 LC)
Karla Alvarez, University of Iowa


Dr. Adele Lozano

Adele Lozano
Dr. Adele Lozano is an Assistant Professor in Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Her scholarship centers on the experiences of Latinx students at historically White institutions in the Midwest, with a focus on identity development, leadership development, and the role of cultural centers in Latinx student success. Adele is a third-generation Iowan of Mexican heritage whose experience as a Chicana first-generation college student at a large public university shaped her interest in how Latinx students resist traditional expectations of assimilation in college, while finding culturally relevant ways to develop as leaders. Her book, Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice, was published in 2015. Her work has also been published in About Campus and New Directions for Student Services, as well as a chapter in Patton’s (2010) book, Cultural Centers in Higher Education. Additionally, Adele serves on the editorial board of JCSCORE, the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.

Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson
Dan Stevenson teaches 8th grade US history in West Liberty, Iowa, a majority Hispanic community and school district fifteen miles outside of Iowa City. He works closely with Hispanic students and their families to support their educational success. He is president of the local teachers’ union, and is a member of the West Liberty chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. In those roles, he has worked in the community to address issues facing the Hispanic community. This has included sponsoring a showing of a documentary and panel discussion on undocumented Mexican Americans and building a program to help community members through the citizenship process. Dan has previously taught in Muraoka, Japan, and Arlington, Virginia, as well as working as a teacher-ranger at the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch.

Margarita Mojica

Margarita Mojica
I am a first generation American and proud Latina born in Illinois. I am the first generation in my family to graduate from high school and college. I hold a B.S. degree from Western Illinois University in bilingual/bicultural education and a M.S., Ed. in education from Western Illinois University. I have taught for 22 years in the East Moline School District #37. The One By One program was started in 2013 at Glenview Middle School in East Moline, IL and it has since been recognized by the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education as a Spotlight in 2015 and it was honored by the NAACP of Rock Island County in 2016 with the Charles and Annie Robinson Education award. The One By One program has helped to guide over 200 students in East Moline on their journey to higher education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ramon, and our two children, Samuel and Sofia.

Student Travel Grants

Any student accepted to present at the conference is eligible to apply for a competitive travel grant to support attendance. A limited number of awards are available and preference will be given to graduate students accepted to present a paper and who will be traveling more than 160 miles to Iowa City. Grant applications are due by 11:59pm on October 1, 2017.