The Faculty Fellows for Latinx Community Inclusion work towards increasing awareness about the US Latinx population, enhancing the cohesiveness of VCU's Latinx community, and contributing to the advancement of the educational and professional goals of Latinx students, faculty, and staff. To accomplish these goals, the Faculty Fellows support the Division for Inclusive Excellence's general initiatives, collaborate with Latinx student organizations on campus, and work together with local Latinx organizations and providers who serve the Latinx community.
As part of their work, the fellows organize scholarly, community building, and networking events. These include meet and greets, academic symposia and talks, and film screenings. Selected past events include 2016 and 2017 Latinx Bienvenida, Fall 2016 Panel on Latin American Immigrants in Virginia, Spring 2017 Immigration and Race Symposium, and 2016 and 2017 Diversity Alumni Receptions.
Meet the Faculty Fellows
G. Antonio Espinoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Latin American History at Virginia Commonwealth University. Born and raised in Lima, Professor Espinoza majored in history at the Catholic University of Peru. Granted a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in the US, Espinoza earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History at Columbia University (NYC) in 2007. He is the author of Education and the State in Modern Peru: Primary Schooling in Lima, 1821 – c. 1921 (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), as well as several articles and book chapters on the intellectual and educational history of Peru and Modern Latin America.
Anita A Nadal, MLA
Anita Nadal has studied abroad extensively. Her research has taken her to Panama, Mexico, Spain and the Dominican Republic. In 2005 she received the Who's Who Among American Teachers Award and the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding community service related to Spanish language and cultural training in the Richmond area. Ms. Nadal earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Latin American and International Cultural Studies with honors from the University of Richmond. Her interests include research in Transculturation, Cultural Awareness and Immigration. Anita is currently working on a doctorate in Migration Studies. She has been awarded several grants related to community service. In 2013, she was the recipient of the International Strategic Initiative Award VERDE “Efficient use of energy resources in Europe and the benefit of alternative energy sources in Immigrant communities.” In 2014-2015, A Welcoming Richmond grant helped provide civics and language classes for 200 immigrants and refugees. Some became United States citizens with support from this program.
For this fall 2017 term, the Faculty Fellows have organized the following events:
1) Fall 2017 Latinx Bienvenida at VCU
Date: Thursday August 31st
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: OMSA, Student Commons, Suite 215
An opportunity to socialize and network with VCU's Latinx community, open to all VCU faculty, staff, and students. Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
2) Afro-Latinx Culture in Music, Theater and Performance
Date: Tuesday September 19
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: VCU Commons Theater (907 Floyd Avenue)
As part of the events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at VCU, Professors Petra Rivera-Rideau (Wellesley College) and Patricia Herrera (University of Richmond) will examine Afro-Latinx culture and its expression in popular music, theater, and performance. Dr. Rivera-Rideau is the author of "Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico" published by Duke University Press in 2015. She is currently studying the representations of Latinidad in the Zumba® fitness program. Dr. Herrera's forthcoming book, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, studies the work of female artists of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe from 1973 to 2010. She is one of the organizers of "Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond," a current exhibition at the Valentine Museum. Free and open to the public, registration is kindly suggested: go.vcu.edu/latinxfallevents
3) Losing Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism
Date: Wednesday September 27
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: VCU Commons Theater (907 Floyd Avenue)
As part of the events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month at VCU, Professor Lazaro Lima (University of Richmond) will speak about his forthcoming book on Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice of the US Supreme Court. This landmark study will be published by University of Houston/Arte Público Press. Dr. Lima is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond, where he also serves as the current Associate Provost for Faculty. Among his various publications, Professor Lima is the author of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory (NYU Press, 2007) and Trevor Young:The Aesthetics of Displacement (Museum Arts Press, 2016). Free and open to the public, registration is kindly suggested: go.vcu.edu/latinxfallevents
4) The Intersection of Immigration and Disability
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Aspire Building (835 West Grace St.), Room 1004A
Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, Co-Founder of the National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities, will speak on the intersection of immigration and disability, and the importance of translation and interpretation for social justice. Ms. Hernandez Legorreta holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Louisiana Tech and she is currently a Doctorate student in Special Education at George Washington University. Ms. Hernandez Legorreta is also the the Chair of METAS (Mentoring Engaging and Teaching All Students), a non-profit organization that trains educators internationally to work with blind/low vision students and students with other disabilities. She teaches blind students at a public school in Washington DC, and also runs the Spanish Translation Committee for the National Federation of the Blind. Co-sponsored by Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO). Free and open to the public, registration is kindly suggested: go.vcu.edu/latinxfallevents