Saturday, October 12, 2019. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
College of Education (Lindquist Center)

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Event details

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in - Teacher Leader Center N110 Lindquist Center
Continental breakfast in N300 Jones Commons
8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks - Dr. Carla Gonzalex, University of Saint Thomas
Jones Commons, N300 Lindquist Center

8:45 a.m. Be Unstoppable...
Plenary speaker - Juan Garcia
Vice President of Equity Solutions for Midas Education
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Session One
11:00 - 12:15 p.m. Session Two
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote (N300 LC) - "Teaching Latinx Studies in the Midwest"
Dr. Theresa Delgadillo, The Ohio State University
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Session Three - breakout sessions & roundtables
Sessions for community, teachers, and discussion tables for local issues and activism
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Closing remarks and future work

Session One

TLC Commons N110

A Mathematics and Youth Participatory Action Research-EntreMundos Experience

“Perspectives on LGBTQA+ and Gender Discrimination”
Daisy Hernandez, Diamond Suah, Iris Galan & Janida Magallanes, Iowa State University

“Exploring Mental Health and School Safety in Iowa”
Roger Castillo, Victoria Jurado, Vanessa Cruz & Yazmin Hernandez, Iowa State University

“Discrimination within Iowa Public Schools”
Angeles Zapata, Angie Mendez, Barry Adoobe, Douglas Lee, Leslie Delgado, Osman Ortiz-Rivera & Paco Peña, Iowa State University

TLC Professional Development Area N110

Undocumented Exploration, Experiences, and Empowerment

“An Exploration of the Experiences of Undocumented Central American Immigrants in Florida”
Elizabeth M. Jarquin, Nova Southeastern University

“Supporting Undocumented Students in Higher Education”
Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky and Maria Espino, Iowa State University

“(Un)documented Midwest Latinx Youth Ideology Construction, Transformation, and Social Action Towards Politics of Immigration”
Carlos Casanova, Arizona State University


Supporting STEM and Business Pipeline

“Geoscience Camp!: Methods for Introducing Geosciences to Middle School Girls”
Aida Guhlincozzi and Julia Cisneros, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Access to AP Math Courses in Iowa High Schools”
Diana Galvez, University of Iowa

“Building Pipelines through Mentoring Programs”
Gabriela Rivera and Mark Archibald, University of Iowa


Racializing of Latinx Identities

“I’m a boxer: The function of Boxing for Black and Latino male youth in the era of Mass Incarceration”
Molly Galloway, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“No contaban con mi Astucia: Closing the Graduation Gap for Latino Males in Higher Education”
Jesus Lizarraga-Estrada and Adalberto Castrejon, University of Northern Iowa


Session Two

TLC Commons N110

“Disparities in Stage at Diagnosis of Breast Cancer between Immigrant and Native- Born Women: A Meta-Analysis” Poster
Emma Herbach, University of Iowa

"The Geography of Housing Choice Voucher Holders in Chicago Communities: Examining Demographics and Barriers to Upward Mobility" Poster
Yasmin Reynoso, Roosevelt University

“First Generation Latino students struggles in higher education” Poster
Jennifer Vazquez and Yelitza Mendoza, Roosevelt University

TLC Professional Development Area N110

Challenges of and ChallengING Whiteness

“Blindspots: Teaching Students about a Predominantly White Institution about Latinx Students”
Erin Doran, Iowa State University Paul Hengesteg, Iowa State University

“Maintaining White Supremacy: Latinx erasure in Iowa’s Historical Museums”
Cueponi Cihuatl Espinoza, University of Iowa Jeanne Connelly, Iowa State University


Making a Path for Latinx Academic Excellence

“Building Bridges, not Walls: Excelencia in Higher Education”
Daniel Rivera and Berani Martinez-Maldonado, Ferris State University

“The Latino Educational Attainment Gap in Iowa: Barriers Students Face & What we can do to Remove Them”
Cecilia Martinez, Office of Latino Affairs


Publishing and the Latinos in Chicago and Midwest Series-The University of Illinois Press
Dr. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, The University of Texas at San Antonio


Session Three

N300 Jones Commons

“Latina/o/x Studies in the Midwestern College Classroom”
Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Dr. Rene Rocha, and Dr. Ariana Ruiz, University of Iowa
*Live Podcast Recording for Imagining Latinidades

TLC Commons N110

Strategies of Latinx Advocacy

“An Illustration of the use of Social Media Platforms as a Tool of Manifestation and Protest in the Island of Puerto Rico”
Tania Lefevre, University of Iowa

“Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Using Speech and Debate to Uplift Latinx Voices”
Grace Rogers and Nicole Wanzer-Serrano, National Speech & Debate Association

TLC Professional Development Area N110

Advancing Latinx Excellence through Strategic Plans and Workplace Belonging

“Lessons Learned in Developing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan”
Dolores Duran-Cerda, Pima Community College

“Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Educational Journeys of Latina Principals”
Christina Diaz, University of Texas at San Antonio

“Authentic-Self: Belonging in the Workspace”
Katryn Duarte and Adam Robinson, The University of Iowa


Community Collaboration

“Best Practices and Student Retention for First Generation Latinx Students”
Myriam Duran, University of Illinois - Chicago College Prep

“Todos Unidos: Mapping Pathways for K-12 Latinx Students”
Jessica Santillan, Black Hawk Technical College
Tony Bosco, Beloit School District


“Latinx in Iowa Yesterday and Today: Learning about our Past to Build our Future”
Rachel Garza Carreon, University of Iowa


Featured Presentations

Presenters: Director of the University of Iowa’s Latina/o Studies Program, Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Latina/o Studies faculty member, Dr. Ariana Ruiz, and Latina/o Studies Faculty member, Dr. Rene Rocha.
Description: These scholars will explore Latina/o Studies in the Midwestern College Classroom. During this session they plan to do a live recording of their podcast, Subscribe to the “Imagining Latinidades” podcast.

Presenter: Dr. Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas-San Antonio and Series editor of Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Series for the University of Illinois Press.
Description: Dr. Valerio-Jimenez will be giving a session on the series and publishing.


Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia serves as Vice President, Equity Solutions for Midas Education. In this capacity, Juan partners with education and business leaders to address equity issues to better serve ALL students, with emphasis in low income, first generation, English language learners and minority serving education systems. At ACT, Inc. he was responsible for Strategic Partnerships, working with existing and creating new partnerships fulfilling ACT’s non-profit mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. As a polished communicator, Juan has represented many organizations in multiple settings, ranging from sales presentations to keynote addresses at the national and international level.

Before joining ACT, Mr. Garcia served as a champion of college access and readiness for the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). As the Executive Director of ICAN, Mr. Garcia established relationships with school, district administration, state and local leaders, as well as other nonprofits to reach at-risk students, ensuring that these students were aware of the support that was available to them for pursuit of higher education. Prior to his work in improving education opportunities for our students, Mr. Garcia led marketing and promotions for the launch of a new Spanish magazine published by Meredith Corp. and served as an Account Executive in Latin America for the Hispanic Marketing Division of Donnelley Marketing, Inc. In November 2016, Mr. Garcia graduated from the Harvard Business School, Executive Education program of Leadership Best Practices. In 2015, he received the award for Diversity and Inclusion from ACT, Inc. nominated and selected among all company employees.

Dr. Theresa Delgadillo

Theresa Delgadillo, Professor in Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University, earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000 and has devoted her research and teaching career to the field of Latinx Studies. She is the author of two books, Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Duke UP 2011) and Latina Lives in Milwaukee (Illinois UP 2015) and numerous journal articles and chapters. With her Co-PIs Claire Fox, Geraldo Cadava, and Ramón Rivera-Servera, she is the recipient of a Humanities Without Walls grant for a collaborative research project titled "Building Sustainable Worlds:

Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest." She and her Co-PIs are currently co-editing the research essays generated through this project for publication in a volume. She is also finishing a third book on AfroLatinidad in literature and film.