Somos JMU Latinx Conference: Collaborations Across the Commonwealth

Academics, community and nonprofit leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students are invited to come together in Fall 2022 for the inaugural Somos JMU Latinx Conference hosted by the College of Arts & Letters and the Madison Hispanic Caucus. Collaborations Across the Commonwealth will bring Latino/a/x Virginia stakeholders together to network and share calls for action. The conference will take place at the JMU Festival Conference Center, in person.

Through presentations, panels, and workshops, presenters and attendees will examine current trends in Latinx topics such as social justice, health equity, identity, representation, and how this population is reshaping the demographics in the Commonwealth.  Accepted proposals will fall into one of the following six tracks: 

  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Justice  
  • Business / Economy
  • Leadership
  • Culture & Literature

Proposals should identify objectives and measurable outcomes, demonstrate their importance to Latino/a/x communities in Virginia, and indicate how they support the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Proposals that are collaborative efforts with colleagues throughout Virginia are encouraged. Applications must be submitted online

Presentations, workshops, or panels will be 60 minutes long: 45-50 minutes for presentations, and 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations promoting audience participation are encouraged. Sessions are designed to provide a learning experience for the attendees. Please be creative and provide relevant, interactive content. The maximum number of panelists is 3 per panel. Moderators will be provided. 

Moderators, presenters, and attendees must register for the conference between May 1-Sept 16, 2022. The conference is free of charge.

To view this information in a PDF, click here. For more information, please contact klinegkx@jmu.edu.

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Appointed

Spanish lecturer Karina Kline-Gabel has been appointed the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Arts and Letters. In this new role, Kline-Gabel forms close relationships with students, faculty, leadership and the community to establish, seek and consolidate best practices of inclusion.

Student Diversity Council Created

Created in 2020 by assistant dean Karina Kline-Gabel, the CAL Student Diversity Council is a group of students that each speak for underrepresented students communities on campus. The student council spent the Fall 2020 semester in discussions to develop recommendations for addressing issues of equity and inclusion. In Spring 2021, they presented these recommendations to Dean Robert D. Aguirre.

Opportunity Fund Scholarship Awarded

This fund, created by the College of Arts and Letters in 2019, aims to increase access and support historically under-represented students, first generation students and those from modest means.

In 2020, Gabriela Moreno, a rising freshman from Springfield, VA was named the first recipient.

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Faculty Diversity Council

The CAL Diversity Council is guided by the university objective to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Beginning in 2014, the main functions of the council are to advise the dean of the College of Arts and Letters on issues related to diversity, access, and inclusion; serve as a network of faculty and staff in CAL to exchange information on best practices and programs revolving around diversity, access and inclusion; support activities and programming that foster diversity, access and inclusion in CAL. Learn More

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