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
The LatinX Factor summit took place Thursday as part of the LBJ School’s Civic Engagement Series to discuss what identifying as Latinx means. https://t.co/hGoUtRvbks— The Daily Texan (@thedailytexan) October 25, 2019
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.
Here I am in the @thedailytexan talking #Latinx. I'm a Fellow at Harvard and Professor @EmoryUniversity . Thanks for the shout out. @DrVMDS @TheLBJSchool @Elreynetwork, Teresa White rocked it!!!! @paoramos did too! https://t.co/6nqnyGwSEp— Nicole Guidotti-Hern (@DrNMGH) October 26, 2019
Last week #LBJSchool hosted its first #LatinX Factor summit to engage the LBJ, @UTAustin and #ATX communities in conversation on a critically important dimension of our American landscape – Latinos, Hispanics, LatinX.— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) November 1, 2019
Wonderful to see from the beginning of @TheLBJSchool #LatinX discussion the recognition and interrogation of the politics of whiteness and the history of slavery trade and their impact on the cultural identities of LatinX. A must watch video: https://t.co/iyDyJ7kxGx Cc: @DrVMDS— Virginia Cumberbatch (@vacumberbatch) October 24, 2019
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
How can the LatinX community change the political landscape? @TheLBJSchool The LatinX Factor summit, with Alberto Rodriguez (Oracle), @paoramos @alejandrinazoom @EstevanDelgado @DrVMDS pic.twitter.com/Yw0TPgNdRA— Catherine Weaver (@kateweaverUT) October 24, 2019
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.
What an day discussing the LatinX Factor at the @TheLBJSchool! Today’s summit explored the term Latinx and its role in the American social, political, and cultural landscape. pic.twitter.com/9epYUvWTJp— UT HFSA (@UTHFSA) October 24, 2019
Soaking in the discussions on Latino identity, demographic shifts, political & economic power at the LatinX Summit @TheLBJSchool. Grateful to @DrVMDS for extending the invite to @UTHFSA! pic.twitter.com/rAjPF4Rtpk— Catherine Rodarte (@UT_Catherine) October 24, 2019
So grateful for the space that @DrVMDS has created at @TheLBJSchool to explore critical policy, practices and cultural paradigms around race and today, specifically the #LatinX experience // cc: @UT_DDCE @UT_DDCE pic.twitter.com/JQvwqnI5xu— Virginia Cumberbatch (@vacumberbatch) October 24, 2019