VT Latinx Symposium

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What? As Virginia Tech works to increase the Latinx student population, the 2019 VT Latinx Symposium will serve students, faculty, and administrators who want to know more about the Latinx and Hispanic academic experience. The Symposium has the purpose of increasing visibility, providing a forum for conversation and scholarship, and sharing experiences and strategies that benefit Latinx and Hispanic faculty and students.
When? October 25th, 2019
Where? Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires Student Center
Who? Carmen Gimenez Smith (Department of English) and Carlos Evia (Department of Communication), co-chairs; Veronica Montes, symposium coordinator.

Tentative schedule

8:00-8:30 AM– Registration.

8:30-9:30 AM– Continental breakfast.


Keynote speaker: Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (Seattle University). “Frontier Ghosts.”

Introduction by Sylvester Johnson; Director, Center for Humanities.

9:45-10:45 AM– Panel: Faculty experience.

  • Javiera Jaque (Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • E. Fanny Jasso Hernandez (Department of Mathematics)
  • Homero Murzi (Department of Engineering Education)
  • Edward Polanco (Department of History).

10:45-11:15 AM – Break.

11: 15-12:00 PM- Virginia Tech distinguished speaker

Rafael Davalos (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics). “Integrated Nanosecond-Pulsed Irreversible Electroporation (INSPIRE): An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fighting Brain Cancer.”

Introduction by Cyril Clarke, Executive Vice President and Provost.

12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch. Speaker: Jennifer Lozano (University of North Carolina Wilmington). “Latinx Digital Humanities: Fostering Student ‘Encuentros’ with Digital Archives.”

Introduction by Laura Belmonte, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

1:15-2:15 PM– Panel: What does it mean to be Latinx or Hispanic?

  • Errol Alexander Arcienega (Office for Inclusion and Diversity)
  • Dannette Gomez Beane (Undergraduate Admissions)
  • Javier Gonzalez-Rocha (PhD student; Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering)
  • Mirna Palacio Ornelas (MFA student; Department of English)
    • Moderator:  Carmen Gimenez Smith (Department of English).

2:30-3:30 PMStudent poster presentations.

3:45-4:45 PM– Panel: Student experience.

  • Sebastian Andrade Tello (Department of Political Science)
  • John Angarita (Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering)
  • Renata Carneiro (Department of Food Science and Technology)
  • Gina Vandivier (Department of Political Science)

4:45-5:00 PM – Closing remarks.


We appreciate the support of the following offices:

  • Virginia Tech Center for Humanities
  • Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions
  • Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion from the Virginia Tech Graduate School
  • El Centro: Latinx and Hispanic Cultural Center at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech Department of English
  • Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research.

The 2019 Virginia Tech Latinx Symposium is also sponsored by 38 generous donors who participated in a campaign through Jump —the Virginia Tech crowdfunding platform.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Veronica Montes at vmontes@vt.edu.