Faculty Fellows for Latinx Community Inclusion

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G. Antonio Espinoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Latin American History
(804) 828-9387


Anita A Nadal, MLA
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Faculty Fellow for Campus and Community Inclusion

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; several became United States citizens with support from this program.  Nadal won the 2018 Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) for a faculty member, and, PACME's capstone Riese-Melton Award, given for contributions to cross-cultural relations.

Spring 2018 Events

The Impact of Recent Policy Changes on Immigrant Communities

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m. 
Location: West Grace Street North Residence Hall, Room 1030-J (VCU Globe, 830 West Grace Street) 

In recent months, there have been several changes in policy regarding the status of immigrants in the U.S., including those related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS). The goal of this panel is to hold an informed discussion about the motivations behind policy changes, as well as the dramatic impact that these are having on immigrant communities. Free and open to the public.

Presenters: Tanya Gonzalez (Executive Director, Sacred Heart Center) and Phil Storey (Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center)
Fall 2017 Events 

In fall 2017, the Faculty Fellows for Latinx Community Inclusion coordinated the Latinx Bienvenida at VCU, an networking opportunity for VCU's Latinx community, which was open to all VCU faculty, staff and students. 

As part of the events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at VCU, the Fellows presented three events: Afro-Latinx Culture in Music, Theater and Performance (featuring Professors Petra Rivera-Rideau [Wellesley College] and Patricia Herrera [University of Richmond]), Losing Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism (featuring Professor Lazaro Lima [University of Richmond]) and The Intersection of Immigration and Disability (featuring Conchita Hernandez Legorreta).

In November, the Fellows presented Junta Borinqueña, a special gathering to support Puerto Ricans at VCU and in the community.