Symposium2015The focus of the conference is on public engagement in Latino and Latin American Studies. The panels will be organized around existing research and projects coming out of UO. The panel presentations, keynote speeches, and reception are free and open to the public, but we encourage pre-registration. Please register online:

Symposium schedule:


  • Lizbeth MateoDream Activist; co-founder, National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico Lizbeth Mateo moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 14. She is an undocumented second year law student at Santa Clara University School of Law. A few weeks before starting law school, Lizbeth and three other organizers from NIYA voluntarily left the US in order to return with six other youth who had been deported to Mexico. All nine successfully returned home in the US after spending 17 days in detention. This marked the beginning of the Bring them Home Campaign, a transnational effort that seeks to reunite families that have been deported under the current administration.
  • Marco Saavedra, Dream Activist & Artist; an undocumented poet & painter currently seeking asylum after participating in the Dream 9 & Bring them Home campaigns. He has self-deported, infiltrated detention centers & gone to jail to help bring about migrant justice. For more of his art & writing please visit
  • Erasmo Gamboa, specializes in Chicano, Mexican, and Latino history at the University of Washington and is the author of Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest, 1942-1947.
  • Alvaro Huerta, teaches Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at Cal Poly Pomona and is the author of Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm (2013).
  • Pablo Luis Rivera, is a dancer, musician, and scholar who specializes in bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican dance form in which the dancer challenges the drummer to follow and accentuate his or her movements. As an artist, he promotes bomba as a participatory community practice. Rivera is a founding member of Restauración Cultural, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Afro-Puerto Rican culture through concerts, workshops, and other educational programming. Since 2009 he has also served as co-director of Proyecto Union, a performing and educational group that travels internationally and promotes communication between diverse music and dance practitioners in the African Diaspora.
  • Marisol Berrios-Miranda is a Puerto Rican ethnomusicologist who researches and writes about popular music in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States and teaches at the University of Washington.

The panel presentations will take place in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library. The dinner reception will take place in the Gerlinger Alumni lounge.