Saturday, October 13. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College of Education (Lindquist Center)

Registration is CLOSED.

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7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Registration (Teacher Leader Center - N110 Lindquist Center)
Continental breakfast (Jones Commons - N300 Lindquist Center)
8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks (Jones Commons - N300 Lindquist Center)
8:45 a.m. Plenary Speaker - Dr. Omaris Zunilda Zamora, University of Kansas
Title - Decolonizing Latinx Studies: Intersectional Approaches to AfroLatinidad
9:30  - 10:45 a.m. Session One
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Session Two
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote - Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo (N300 LC)
Title: A Chicana’s Journey: Navigating & Transcending the Academy for Institutional Transformation
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Session Three
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Performance and Charla with Olmeca.


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

Investigating and Improving Latinx Health Services  (104 Lindquist Center - south wing)

  • “Developing the Next Generation of Latinx Leaders: Insights from Public Health Students”
    Paul Gilbert, 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, Urbana-Champaign

Engagement and Transformation in Latinx Communities (TLC Commons - N110 LC)

  • “Together Offering Hope & Help: A Community-Based Model for Supporting Immigrant College Students in Northern Indiana”
    Richard Aguirre, Goshen College
  • Disrupting “Business as Usual”
    Mark Archibald, University of Iowa
    Gabriela Rivera, University of Iowa

Re-thinking the Rural and Access in Education (TLC Professional Development Area - N110 LC)

  • “(Re)examining college access: Perspectives from rural Latina/o youth”
    Dianey Leal, Michigan State University
    Pesha Mabrie, University of Texas, San Antonio
    Vanessa A. Sansone, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • “Lessons Learned in Developing a Latinx Community in a Small Liberal Arts College in Pella, Iowa”
    Oscar Reynaga, Central College
    Michael Escobedo, Central College
    Andres Cesin, Central College
    Efrain Garcia, Central College

Session Two (11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Expanding Latinx Spaces in “Well Intentioned” Institutions (TLC Commons - N110 LC)

  • “Reclaiming Our Story: Latinx Counter-Narratives”
    Ramon Vasquez, University of Dayton
  • “The Possibility and Politics of Latinx Studies Programs in K-12 and Higher Education”
    Erin Doran, Iowa State University
    Paul Hengesteg, Iowa State University
  • “Hispanic Serving Institutions: What are they?”
    Mark Valencia, University of Iowa

Perspectives, Protests, and Progress in Puerto Rico (TLC PDA - N110 LC)

  • “Case Study: Madame Secretary Julia Keleher #JULIAGOHOME”
    Tania Lefevre, University of Iowa
  • “Boricua en la luna: Exploring the Borderland between Puerto Rico and the United States Through Literature”
    Andrea Valdes, University of Puerto Rico
  • “Al Estudiar Se Rebela: Student Protests Within the University of Puerto Rico System” Dalina A Perdomo Alvarez, Video Data Bank at SAIC

The East Moline Paletero Project: D.C. Bound (N104 LC)

  • *A workshop session for K-12 teachers and community engagement developers*
    Margarita Raya Mojica, East Moline Junior High

Lifting up Afro-Latinx Voices in the Midwest (104 LC - South)

  • AfroLatina (Trance)Formations Poetics of Transnational AfroDominican Feminist Epistemologies
    Omaris Zunilda Zamora, University of Kansas

LULAC History: Legal Fights for Latinx Rights, Past and Present (204 LC - South)

  • Jonathon Muñoz, LULAC Council 308
    Andrew Bribiesco, LULAC Council 308

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

Sí se Puede! The Politics of Latinx Leadership in Higher Education (TLC Commons - N110 LC)

  • “Latina Dreamers, the Current Political Era, and What Educational Leaders Need to Know”
    Leslie Locke, University of Iowa
  • “El Día Después: Latinx College Student Leadership in the Post-election Era”
    Adele Lozano, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
  • “To Mentor or to Be Mentored: How Do We Get There as Latinx Students?”
    Heather A. Hathaway Miranda, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Israel Flores, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Hilary Hernandez, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Cristian Baeza, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Jose Rojas, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Christopher Lyle, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Brenda Munguia, University of Illinois-Chicago

Educando a la familia y construyendo comunidad (TLC Professional Development Area - N110 LC)

  • “Coping with College Obstacles: The Complicated Role of Familia for First-generation Mexican American College Students”
    Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University
    Elizabeth Poldosky Martinez, Iowa State University
    Kelty Garbee, Iowa State University
  • “West Liberty Citizenship Project: Immigrant Adults, Teachers, and Community in Partnership”
    Carolyn Colvin, University of Iowa
    Dan Stevenson, West Liberty School District
    Katelyn Clark, West Liberty School District
    Richard Barajas, University of Iowa
    Erica Jennings, West Liberty School District
    Clarity Guerra, University of Iowa
    Lauren Darby, West Liberty School District

In and Out of the Classroom: Latinx Students in the Midwest (104 LC- South)

  • Experiences of Latinx Indigenous Students in U.S. Schools
    Annette Beauchamp, University of Michigan
  • Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in a Rural, Predominately Latinx High School in Iowa
    Ain Grooms, University of Iowa
    Diana Galvez, University of Iowa

Admisiones a las universidades y convertirseen estudiante univerversitario (Admission to the universities and becoming a college student) (N104 LC)

  • Karla Alvarez, University of Iowa
    Ignacio Alvarez, Jr., University of Iowa
    Maria Bruno, University of Iowa

Living as a Latino in the Midwest and the Social Forces that Shape Community Health (N103 LC)

  • Bram Elias, University of Iowa


  • UI College of Education
  • UI Tippie College of Business
  • UI College of Public Health
  • UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UI Office of Diversity and Enrichment
  • UI School of Social Work
  • UI Libraries
  • College of Education Diversity Committee
  • College of Education Baker Teacher Leader Center
  • Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
  • LULAC Council 308

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. Submission deadline: October 1, 2018.

TLC credit

  • Credit available for traditional and REACH tracks
  • Multiple TLC credits are available for attending this event, please contact Dr. Vogelgesang with questions.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló

Dr. Nancy Rusty Barelo
Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló served as President of Northern New Mexico College from July 2010 to December 2015, and is currently on sabbatical.

Known nationally for her diversity work in higher education, she brings a 30-year career at the university level to Northern. She oversaw the College as it continued its transition to a quality four-year institution that remains committed to providing associate degrees and certificates.

Barceló received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Chico State College, her Master of Arts degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa.

Barceló is also a professor with extensive teaching experience in Northern’s College of Education. Prior to her appointment as President of Northern, Barceló served as founding Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota.

From 2001 to 2006, she served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington, and from 1996 to 2001 as Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Barceló held various positions at the University of Iowa from 1975 to 1996 including Assistant Provost and Assistant Dean with the Office of Academic Affairs. She has served on numerous national, regional and campus committees and boards.

Barceló is recognized nationally for her diversity and multicultural presentations. She has received many awards, including the NACCS 2012 Scholar award (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies), the New Mexico Hispano Round Table “Walk the Talk” award, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Iowa.

Selected Barceló’s presentations and publications include:

Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora

Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora
Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora is a transnational Black Dominican Studies scholar. Her research interests include: Black and Latino Studies, transnational Hispanic Caribbean cultural production as they relate to race, gender, and sexuality. Her current book project engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. Zamora has presented her research at many conferences, lectures, and roundtables. Her work has been published in Latinx Talk and Label Me Latina/o, among others and she has been featured on NPR's Alt.Latino podcast episode "Reggaeton in the Age of #MeToo". She is a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a new black poetic approach to scholarship and literary criticism.

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