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The César Chávez Day Celebration

Latinx Community-Building: Cultivating Change in Higher Education

Keynote speaker | Leo Calderon, Former Director of Latino Student Affairs at Northern Kentucky University 

Moderator: José Amador, Associate Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies) | At-Large Member, Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff, ALFAS


Martha Castañeda, Professor of Foreign Language /ESOL Education

Maricela López, Latin American Studies, Student |  Member, Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc.; and UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students

Christian Ponce, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications | Advisor, Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc., & UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students

Elias Tzoc, Department Head - Create + Innovate, Miami University Libraries |  President, Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff, ALFAS


Latinx students are predicted to make up more than 25% of the undergraduate student population by 2026.  Such an important change will also require changes such as simplifying application processes, developing enrollment campaigns in Spanish, strengthening community building, establishing mentoring programs, and much more.  In this keynote presentation, Leo Calderon will talk about his 30+ years of experience building campus and community allies to help Latinx students in the Cincinnati Tri-State area.  Then a panel of Miami faculty, staff, and students will share their experiences in starting initiatives that support current and future Latinx students at Miami University.



5:00 pm | Keynote followed by a panel discussion

6:00 pm | Reception

Miami University Art Museum Auditorium

Co-sponsored by Center for American and World Cultures | Global Initiatives; the Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff, ALFAS; and the Center for Students Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc.; the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; and UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students


For co-curricular connections and partnership opportunities contact:

Jacqueline Rioja Velarde | | 513.529.6518


A Proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2022