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The Latino Midwest October 11-13, 2012

Co-Directors: Claire Fox, English; Omar Valerio-Jiménez, History, and Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Spanish and Portuguese

The Latino Midwest will examine the history, education, literature, art, and politics of Latinos in the Midwest in light of the demographic changes experienced by states in this region with growing Latino populations. A central concern of this Symposium is the role of international migration in shaping Latino Midwestern communities.

Confirmed keynote speakers include José E. Limón (Professor of English and American Studies and Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Vicki Ruiz (Dean of Humanities and Professor of History, UC Irvine). The University Lecture Committee is hosting our third major speaker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican writer, Junot Díaz. Hancher is presenting our fourth confirmed participant, the singer-songwriter Lila Downs who will close the symposium with a concert at the Englert Theatre at 7:30 pm on October 13th.

About the Speakers

A reading by Junot Díaz, whose work includes the short story collection Drown and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which will occur on the second day of the conference, Friday, October 12, which is also the UI’s annual Paul Engle Day.

Vicki Ruiz, Dean of Humanities and Professor of History at University of California-Irvine, will deliver the opening keynote, "Of Poetics and Polictics: The Border Journeys of Luisa Moreno," focusing on the life of Luisa Moreno, a Latina immigrant who became a labor and civil rights activitst in the 1930 and 40s. Ruiz, who has published numerous books and articles on the history of Latinas/os, women, labor, immigration and the American West, will also give a workshop for graduate students and faculty, "Citizen Restaurant: American Imaginaries, American Communities" with focus on racial/ethnic food-scapes as an exploration of belonging and difference in everyday U.S. Society. Her undergraduate talk, “Big Dreams, Rural School: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950", will examine several struggles to advance public education, including the landmark California desegregation case, Mendez v. Westminster (1946), in which several Latino families in the Westminster School District of Orange County filed a lawsuit to end the segregation of Mexican American children into separate, unequal, and underfunded “Mexican schools.”

José E. Limón will deliver a keynote address titled "Al Norte Toward Home: Texas, the Mid-west and Mexican-American Critical Regionalism." Limón is the author of a forthcoming book, Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique (University of Texas Press, 2012), about the legendary Tejano writer, performer and scholar, Américo Paredes, who conducted fieldwork and ethnography in Chicago, as well as in the Texas-Mexico border region. Limón will also participate in a graduate student/faculty workshop, “Critical Regionalism: A Conversation with José E. Limón and Cheryl Herr,” to discuss with Herr (English, CLAS) their respective use of the concept of “critical regionalism.” In his undergraduate talk, “The Day the Music Died: Latino Youth, Race, and Rock-n-Roll,” Limón will discuss the cultural memory and musical history surrounding the 1959 airplane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa that claimed the lives of musicians Buddy Holly, the “Big Bopper,” and Ritchie Valens.

Hancher will present the Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs on the final night of the conference. She performs her own compositions, as well as Mexican traditional and popular music. She has recorded songs in indigenous languages such as Mixted, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl.

Noted Latin American author and filmmaker Alberto Fuguet (a Guggenheim fellowship recipient and author of thirteen books), who will come to campus in Fall 2012 under the auspices of an Ida Beam award

Before and after the Symposium, the Iowa Women’s Archives will have an exhibition highlighting its Mujeres Latinas Project in the North Lobby of the UI Main Library. The exhibit will be the site of an opening reception after Vicki Ruiz’s keynote address, which will highlight the importance of collecting oral histories of Latinas to understand their role in labor, civil rights, and community organizations.

Many of the linked Symposium events are still in the planning phases, but so far, they include a World Canvass program dedicated to the Symposium topic, workshops for area school teachers regarding incorporating Latino studies into K-12 curricula, and readings and visits to area schools by writers and scholars interested in the Latino Midwest. The UI Museum of Art has proposed to mount an online exhibition of the work of Cuban artist and UI alumna, Ana Mendieta, and to dedicate a year-long arts education program to Latino and Latin American art.

14th Iowa Latino Conference
"Strengthening and Valuing Latino/a Communities in Iowa"
October 12 & 13, 2012
Iowa City, Iowa

Friday, October 12, 2012
Youth Leadership Development Summit
Keynote: José E. Limón- Notre Dame Professor of American Literature
2nd floor Ballroom- Iowa Memorial Union

Latino Institute for Professional Development: Honoring Language, Culture, & Community
Keynote: Ana Celia Zentella- Professor, Univesity of California- San Diego
Iowa Memorial Union

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Free Family Event
Iowa City Public Library

Englert Theatre- 7:30 pm, Lilia Downs- The concert is part of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies' The Latino Midwest symposium.

The Iowa Latino Conference is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work and the UI Center for Diversity & Enrichment in partnership with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Humanities Symposium on The Latino Midwest, October 11-13, 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Kate Kemp, Program Adminitrator
Phone: 319.335.1254
Fax: 319.335.4964
or visit the 2012 Iowa Latino Conference



Do you know the right candidate?

Check out http://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/61216 for more information.


Gabriela Rivera is featured in the June issue of El Trueque. Please go and check out a copy!


24% Growth from 2009 to 2010

Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes,

Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups

Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of newly available Census Bureau data. From 2009 to 2010, the number of Hispanic young adults enrolled in college grew by 349,000, compared with an increase of 88,000 young blacks and 43,000 young Asian Americans and a decrease of 320,000 young non-Hispanic whites.


As a result of these shifts, young Hispanics for the first time outnumbered young blacks on campus, even though young black college enrollment has also grown steadily for decades and it, too, has surged in recent years. In 2010, 38% of all 18- to 24-year-old blacks were enrolled in college, up from 13% in 1967 and 32% in 2008.


The Hispanic enrollment increase has been even more dramatic than the black enrollment increase because it has been spurred by a mixture of population growth and educational strides. High levels of immigration and high birth rates have made Hispanics the nation's biggest minority group, comprising 16% of the U.S. population as of 2010. In 1972, just 5% of the nation's 18- to 24-year-olds were Hispanic. By 20 that share rose to 19%.


However, population growth accounts for only a share of the 24% young Hispanic college enrollment spike from 2009 to 2010. During that same period, the total population of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics grew by 7%.


Rising educational attainment is an important driver of these enrollment trends, over the long term as well as in recent years. The rate of young Hispanics enrolled in college rose from 13% in 1972 to 27% in 2009 to 32% in 2010.


Young Hispanics are disproportionately enrolled in two-year colleges. They comprised 22% of two-year students but only 12% of four-year students.


Young Hispanics continue to lag other groups in completion of four-year college degrees. In 2010 32% of 25- to 29-year-olds had attained a bachelor's degree, in comparison to 13% of Hispanics of the same age.


These findings are based on an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's School Enrollment Supplement of the October 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS), supplemented by historical time series based on the CPS. The CPS is the standard source for national rates of college enrollment and has collected college enrollment information in a consistent manner since 1947.


The report, "Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes, Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups," authored by  Senior Research Associate Richard Fry, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website, www.pewhispanic.org.


The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.



The University of Iowa Office of Admissions has a vacancy for an Assistant Director of Admissions to be filled immediately.  This position will lead development and implementation of a comprehensive plan focused on creating a diverse student body with particular attention to underrepresented minority, first-generation, and low-income students.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Reasonable administrative experience (1-3 years) in admissions or related field is necessary.  Excellent written and verbal communication and public presentation skills are required.  Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks required. Experience working with students and colleagues from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds is required. Must be free to travel—some evening and weekend travel required; a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record are required. The ability to move boxes and transport materials up to 40 lbs. is required. Must be proficient in computer software applications.

Desirable Qualifications: Advanced degree and fluency in conversational Spanish are desirable. Experience within the past 5 years in admissions work, educational agency serving college bound populations, student service programs (financial aid, student life, residence hall services, student organizations, etc.), especially serving diverse student populations, is highly desirable.

To apply for this position visit our website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. Select P&S Employment (Professional and Scientific) the position title is Asst Dir Admissions-Diversity Relations & Outreach requisition #59656. The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



On May 26, the Census released what an official at the bureau described as "the latest, most up to date data on the Hispanic population in the United States."

For more information:

Hispanic Population, Rising Faster Than Anticipated, A 'Huge Weapon' For Obama

Census Brief PDF:  CensusHispanics




UI Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture May 5 examines Mexican police news


The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the International Programs' Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled "Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News." This event is free and open to the public.


The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.


Piccato is a professor of history and the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in New York City.


Charles A. Hale taught Latin American history at the UI from 1966 to 1998. His research focused on Mexican liberalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a deeply admired presence on the UI campus and a crucial supporter of Latin American studies.


This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at heidi-vekemans@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3862.

The Latino Council Graduation reception is coming soon!!

Thursday, May 12,2011

4:00 - 5:30

South Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Please RSVP at the following link by Wednesday, May 4:



Juan Pablo Hourcade is featured in the University's "Be Remarkable" campaign. (Click on his name to be taken to article) “Be remarkable” is the theme of an ongoing campaign to share the achievements and opportunities that define The University of Iowa. This campaign is about telling our University's story—and the stories of the people who shaped the University’s history and build its future.

  Juan Pablo Hourcade, photo by Tom Jorgensen


The Latino conference is returning to Iowa City.

Only 2 more weeks until the conference!! Please help spread the word about the upcoming 12th Annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa conference, October 15-16, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa.  The annual conference, known as the “Iowa Latino Conference,” was founded in 1998 by the UI School of Social Work to explore the changing demographics and dynamics of Latino communities in Iowa, and to strengthen the responsiveness of policy makers, business leaders, educators, and community-based organizations.  This year’s program boasts of over fifty workshops during the two-day event in the areas of arts/culture, health, finance, education, and immigrant rights.     

We are excited to welcome William Perez, PhD, as the 2010 Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Perez is an Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University, and author of We ARE American:  Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream.   In addition to keynote presentations, Dr. Perez will also offer an intensive workshop as part of the conference’s Latino Institute for Professional Development on Friday, October 15, 2010, University Conference Center (UCC). Features 12 workshops on topics such as serving undocumented students, immigrant rights, cultural competency, employment discrimination and domestic violence. See attached registration.  

This year the conference will also feature a special focus on the performing arts.  We are pleased to feature performances by members of the National Ballet of México (Compañía Nacional de Danza de México), Omeyocan Dance Company, renowned UI Department of Dance faculty members, Armando Duarte and Eloy Barragán, acclaimed duo, Calle Sur, and the celebrated local dance company, InterDance.  Families are welcome to attend to all conference events, but may be particularly interested in the free public performance on Friday, October 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union.  

Please see the conference website for additional information about the schedule:  www.iowalatinoconference.org.  For registration information, see the attached Registration form, which is also available on the conference website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~socialwk/latinoconf/RegistrationFormLandscape.pdf. 

Thanks to the conference sponsors, we are able to keep the registration fee for this conference very low.  Scholarships are available for community members who want to attend, but are financially unable to.  Please contact Kate Kemp, UI School of Social Work, for more information:  kate-kemp@uiowa.edu or (319)335-1254. 

Thank you! We hope to see you at the 2010 Iowa Latino Conference. 

Laura López Cano - Mujer in El Jardin

The UI Libraries announces the opening of "Welcoming Walls" art project. The “Welcoming Walls” project was designed to beautify and make more welcoming the public space in the Main Library. The project was funded through grants from the Chief Diversity Office and funds from the Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries.

The art work is displayed at the following locations

o   First floor, long corridors

o   First floor, TILE classroom area

o   Second floor, Northeast study area

o   Second floor, ITC area 

If you have any questions,  contact:

Rachel Garza Carreón at  rachel-carreon@uiowa.edu

DREAM ACT WALK, September 28th- Marshalltown, Iowa

Walk for the DREAM Act on Tuesday, September 28th, starting at 4:00 p.m.

They are marching from Marshalltown High School to Marshalltown Community College to show their support for the DREAM Act legislation.

For more info, see Marshalltown Walk for the DREAM on Facebook or call         752-6246

Click here for additional information on the Dream Act.

Hispanic Heritage Festival, October 2, 2010 - Ottumwa, Iowa

Bicentennial celebration of independence for Mexico and many Central American countries.

To commemorate the life of Cesar Chavez the LNACC, CDE, and student organizations will be presenting the following events free to the University of Iowa community:

MONDAY, MARCH 29TH @ 8 p.m @ LNACC.: CESAR CHAVEZ MOVIE Screening and discussion presented by Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity

TUESDAY, MARCH 30th @ 12-2p.m @ CDE-24 Phillips Hall: CONVERSATION IN SPANISH hosted by CDE

TUESDAY, MARCH 30TH @ 6-9p.m.@ LNACC: CESAR CHAVEZ CELEBRATION with ethnic food and speaker professor Omar Valerio hosted by ALMA
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid =397270445336

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31ST @ 5:30-7:30 @ LNACC: CESAR CHAVEZ EASTER EGG HUNT and Game night hosted by Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority

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Cesar Chavez was a civil rights, Latino, farm worker, and labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate. In 1968, Chavez gained attention as leader of a nationwide boycott of California table grapes in a drive to achieve labor contracts.

The significance and impact of Cesar's life transcends any one cause or struggle. He was a unique and humble leader, in addition to being a great humanitarian and communicator who influenced and inspired millions of Americans to seek social justice and civil rights for the poor and disenfranchised in our society. Cesar forged a diverse and extraordinary national coalition of students, middle class consumers, trade unionists, religious groups, and minorities.

His motto in life – "Sí Se Puede!" (it can be done!) embodies the uncommon and invaluable legacy he left for the world's benefit.

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Cesar Chavez Celebration Week

Time:8:00PM Monday, March 29th Location: LNACC

Information taken from LNACC Facebook.

Our very own Mercedes Bern-Klug is featured in the University's "Be Remarkable" campaign. (Click on her name to be taken to article) “Be remarkable” is the theme of an ongoing campaign to share the achievements and opportunities that define The University of Iowa. This campaign is about telling our University's story—and the stories of the people who shaped the University’s history and build its future.

  Mercedes Bern-Klug, photo by Kirk Murray


Available documents produced by the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity:

Oct. 22 Latino Reception and Celebrate Hispanic Heritage







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