2nd Annual Latino Awareness Week

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Latino Awareness Week 2013The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Organization of Latin American Students will co-sponsor the 2nd annual Latino Awareness Week from March 15th through March 19th, with special events designed to spread knowledge as to the challenges and problems faced by the Latino community worldwide held each day throughout the week. The events will feature a series of visiting scholars and experts on the subject matter of discussion as well as presentations from among the university’s own faculty and student body.

The week’s events will commence on March 15th with a presentation by Wake Forest’s own, Dr. Peter Siavelis, the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and by Mr. Antonio M. Arce, the Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University. The duo will discuss the merits of learning about Latin America in a lecture titled “Why Study Latin America?” This presentation is set to take place in DeTamble Auditorium of Tribble Hall from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

On Tuesday, April 16th, Wake Forest will host Mrs. Marilyn Borroto, who is on the Board of Directors for Facts About Cuban Exiles (FACE). Mrs. Borroto will lead a discussion on political exiles in Latin America entitled “The Case for Political Refugees.” The event will also take place in DeTamble Auditorium from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

The third event, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17th, will be a discussion on immigration reform in the United States. This presentation, which will be lead by Mrs. Benita Veliz-Holguin of the Lozano Law Firm, is titled “Vision for Immigration Reform.” Mrs. Veliz-Holguin was the first “dreamer” to speak at the DNC. This event will take place from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the ZSR Auditorium.

On Thursday, April 18th, Wake’s own Dr. Sherri Lawson Clark and Dr. Betina Wilkinson will lead a discussion entitled Black-Brown Relations. The event is set to take place from 6:00 Pm to 7:00 PM in Greene Hall, Room 154.

On Friday, April 19th, the Organization of Latin American Students will hold a “Friday Fiesta” on the Mag Quad. There will be free food and salsa dancing. This event will be co-sponsored along with OMA, RSA, and Ritmo Latino.

Finally, on Sunday, April 21st, OLAS along with Students Helping Honduras will host “Kick for a Cause”–a soccer tournament to raise money for needy children in Honduras. This tournament will take place from 1-5 PM on Poteat Field. If interested in signing up, contact Keith Rolles (President of OLAS).

Admissions to the week’s discussions and lectures are free and open to the general public.

The week’s events are sponsored also by the following university departments and offices, in addition to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Organization of Latin American Students: Students Activity Fee Fund, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Inquiries related to Latino Awareness Week and its events should be directed to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program’s Director, Dr. Peter Siavelis.

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