WFU priec – Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium

On November 16, 2018 from 9:00 -5:00, at Graylyn International Conference Center, students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this one-day race and immigration conference with presentations by nationally-recognized race scholars, including poster presentations by WFU undergraduate students.
Consortium sponsored by:  WFU Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, Anna Julia Cooper Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Politics & International Affairs, Sociology Department, Latin American & Latino Studies Program and the American Ethnic Studies Program.

An Afternoon with Famed Writer Cristina García – October 25, 2018 – 3:30 pm – Greene Hall

Author Cristina GarcíaAuthor Cristina García will discuss her life and work in a visit with students and the general public.  In harmony with the community partnerships we have formed with SECCA, she will encourage students to be active citizens, to reflect on questions about borders, to reach out to immigrant communities, and to write about their experiences.  Presented by the Department of Italian & Spanish, and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program.

The Pillow Project – September 19-26, 2018

A pile of pillowsFrom August 28 – November 4, 2018, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program will join the ongoing project developed by artists Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perara and Cara Megan Lewis (together known as Díaz Lewis) to draw attention to the immigrant crisis.  In response, the collaborative, ongoing, performance-based Díaz Lewis installation engages participants to create pillows from clothing donated by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, and their supporters.  Each pillow conveys their brutal journeys, translating the human experience in a far more intense, compelling, palpable way than speeches and statistics.  From September 19-26, the artists Díaz and Lewis will be in Winston-Salem to work with students collaborating on the workshops at WFU, and mounting the installation at SECCA.
For more information about the project following link:

The “Diaspora” Panel – October 25, 2018 – 7:00 pm, SECCA

Author Cristina GarcíaThe Department of Spanish and Italian along with the Latin American & Latino Studies Program will present a “Diaspora” Panel at SECCA on October 25, 2018.  The panel draws on the unique resources of the exhibition, “Cubans:  Post-Truth, Pleasure, and Pain,” curated by Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta, which features exciting and provocative works in diverse media by 19 Cuban artists.

“Monument to a Great Living Artist” – Yali Romagoza – November 5, 2018

Yali RomagozaNew York City-based Cuban multimedia artist Yali Romagoza will present her performance piece, “Monument to a Great Living Artist” at SECCA.  The performance is designed to raise awareness of the plight of women throughout the world.  It calls into question the narrowly focused, middle-class, white feminist struggle that often excludes working-class women, immigrants, and women of color to benefit only a few.  It is a visual spectacle that will encourage our students and community to react to, and reflect on, essentially contested views.  What does it mean to belong to a minority group?  How do we combat derogatory stereotypes of women and immigrants?  How art and educational institutions historically perceived and treated women, and how have notions of “greatness” influenced how art and other achievements are perceived today?  How do social categories and national identity determine how other cultures and societies are perceived?  Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program.

Mentoring Program Campus Tour

On Saturday April 28, the Mentoring Program  sponsored a WFU campus tour for middle and high school students from local schools and their families.  Mentors Liz Torres-Ramírez, Kimberly Romero, Alex Reyes and Frida Islas took students around WFU campus, and gave a presentation about the college application process.

On Thursday, May 10,  there will be a final presentation by our first mentoring program graduates.  The three students (Alex Reyes, Frida Islas and Kimberly Romero) will reflect on their mentoring experience these last two years as well as discuss their analysis of the assessment that they conducted of the mentoring program in the past year. The presentation will take place at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services during the EBPLCS parents’ meeting which begins at 5pm.
If you are able to make it, I’m sure that our LALS mentors will be happy to see you there.


A Home on the Field – First and Second Steps of the Great Latinx Migration – Presentation by Dr. Paul Cuadros

Paul Cuadros, associate professor of Media and Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine among other venues.  Cuadros has focused his reporting on issues of race and poverty in America, particularly on Latino communities in the South.  The culmination of his reporting was his book, A Home on the Field:  How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.  Sponsored by Latin American & Latino Studies.

Thursday, April 12
121 Manchester Hall
5:00 – 6:00 pm