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2nd Virginia Tech Latinx Symposium


The 2nd Virginia Tech Latinx 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. The theme for this version of the Symposium will be “Latinx Education at Virginia Tech.”


Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 11:00am - 2:00pm EST


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Carlos Evia (Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies) and Veronica Montes (El Centro), symposium co-chairs.

Tentative Schedule

12:00-12:15 PM – Welcome and Introduction.

12:15-1:00 PM - Keynote speaker: “Adapting Latina/o Studies to Your Institution,” María DeGuzmán (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

1:00-1:10 PM - Transition/Meditation

1:10-2:00 PM – Faculty panel: “Latinx Education at Virginia Tech.”

  • Theresa Rocha Beardall (Assistant Professor of Sociology)
  • Mauro J. Caraccioli (Assistant Professor of Political Science; Department of Political Science)
  • Rebecca J. Hester (Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society; Department of Science, Technology, and Society)
  • Gonzalo Montero (Assistant Professor of Spanish; Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)

Co-Moderator: Kelby Henriquez (Junior; Student Program Coordinator)

Co-Moderator: Rene Hernandez (1st year Ph.D.; Graduate Student Assistant; El Centro)

2:00-2:10 PM - Closing Remarks

11:00-11:15 AM – Welcome and Introduction.

11:15-12:00 PM - Keynote

  • Virginia Tech distinguished speaker: Carmen Giménez Smith (Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Department of English).

Introduction by Laura Belmonte (Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences)

12:00-12:10 PM - Transition/Meditation

12:10-1:00 PM – Alumni in Industry & Academia Panel

  • Jenny Soto
  • Sergio Ballivian
  • Felipe Borja
  • Melvin Lorenzo

Moderator: Ashley Cruz (Student Program Manager; El Centro)

1:00-1:10 PM - Transition/Meditation

1:10-2:00 PM – Student Experience Panel

  • Gina Vandivier (Senior; President; Latin Link)
  • Bryan Zapata (Junior; President/Founder; HJA)
  • Kellyn Rivera (Junior; Lab Trainee; Fralin Biomedical Ressearch Institute at VTC)
  • Adrian Dávila (Ph.D Student; Region 4 Graduate Representative; SHPE)
  • Annalicia DaSilva (Senior; Student Program Coordinator and Vice President of Latin Link)

Moderator Jose Daniel Rico (Senior; Student Program Coordinator; El Centro)

2:00-2:10 PM – Closing remarks: Lizette Rebolledo, Associate Dean of Students; & Director of New Student & Family Programs.


We appreciate the support of the following offices:

  • El Centro –Latinx and Hispanic Cultural Center at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Virginia Tech Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
  • Office for Inclusion and Diversity
  • The Cultural and Community Centers

For more information about the symposium, please contact Veronica Montes at

Past Symposium

2nd Latinx Symposium: "Latinx Education at Virginia Tech" poster
2nd Latinx Symposium: "Latinx Education at Virginia Tech"