LBJ’s LatinX Factor Summit fosters education, exchange of ideas on impact of LatinX communities | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Members of the LBJ, UT Austin and Austin communities gathered at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Thursday, Oct. 24 for a summit exploring LatinX and its role in the American social, political and cultural landscape.

“The LatinX Summit today is a space where we get to engage one of the fastest growing and largest groups within our country, Latinos/LatinX, and by doing so allow for public policymakers, the media and community stakeholders to make more informed and effective policy to strengthen the nation as a whole,” said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the event organizer and director of civic engagement at the LBJ School.


“The LatinX Summit today is a space where we get to engage one of the fastest growing and largest groups within our country, Latinos/LatinX, and by doing so allow for public policymakers, the media and community stakeholders to make more informed and effective policy to strengthen the nation as a whole."–Victoria DeFrancesco Soto 

 

LBJ School students Juany Torres and Fred Rodriguez opened the summit, sharing their experiences discovering identity within the LatinX community.

A leading voice in LatinX studies, Harvard University’s Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez delivered keynote remarks on the evolving language around Latinos and LatinX. Participants then joined afternoon academic sessions to dive deeper into the dimensions of the contemporary Hispanic/Latino/LatinX community.

Other featured speakers included:

• Theresa Vargas Wyatt, Chief Growth Officer, La Reyna

• Dr. Carlos Arce, Founder, USness and Co-Founder, EthniFacts

• Albert Morales, Senior Political Director, Latinos Decisions

• Paola Ramos, Vice • Alejandrina Guzman, Former UT Student Body President

• Alberto Rodriguez, Oracle

• Estevan Delgado, Austin Community Foundation

• Enrique Chi, Making Movies

The summit concluded with a musical performance by Making Movies and a pop-up Pachanga featuring interactive art and activities, including artist Glaxta, as well as several resources like voter registration, Census 2020 jobs and more.

Summit sponsors include Gilberto Ocanas, Dr. Cha Guzman, Exxon, Latino Studies and the UT Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association. The summit’s media partner was KUTX.