Latino Conference Scheduled for April 7
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • March 22, 2017)—For the third year in a row, Delaware County Community College will host a conference titled “Beyond Multiculturalism: Empowering Latino Students and the Community” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Large Auditorium on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA, 19063). The conference is part of the College’s commitment to providing access and quality education to Latino students and will focus on issues of immigration, inclusion, equality and the plight of undocumented DREAMers in higher education.
Dr. Javier Ávila, the 2016 Hispanic Leader of the Year Award Winner, will serve as keynote speaker for the conference. Ávila began his teaching career at the University of Puerto Rico, and currently serves as a Professor of English at Northampton Community College, where his dedication to students earned him the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award. Ávila is also a renowned novelist and poet. His best-selling novel Different was turned into the award-winning film Miente, and his poetry collection The Symmetry of Time received an award from the Pen Club and The Dead Man’s Position earned an award from The Puerto Rico Institute of Culture. His latest endeavor— The Trouble with My Name—is a one-man show that blends his talents as a poet and professor into a hilarious and poignant performance.
The conference includes panels on “Paredes y Puentes: Undocumented Dreamers in Higher Education,” “Dreamers in College: (Im)Migration and Successful Institutional Policies,” and “Latino Student Perspectives and the College Experience”.
Sponsored by the College’s faculty-led Latino Initiatives and Outreach Network in collaboration with the student-led Latin Flavor Club, the conference is free and open to the public.