Language, Symbolisms, and Reality: Re-Constructing and Decolonizing the Latinx Identity in the U.S. with Dr. Roberto Swazo
Dr. Swazo explores the dimensions of memory such as individual, collective, cultural, linguistic, national, ethnic, and religious among others. He addresses the power of language and how it is used to shape the realities of Latinx populations in the U.S.A., and how Latinx populations have lost their ability to use language (Spanish, English, and others) constructively to reshape their realities through ideals, symbolisms, and deep self-reflection.
Dr. Swazo launched a challenge to the Latinx audience to reflect and strategically reconquer and decolonize areas that have been lost, and how there is a need to reposition themselves individually and collectively to become agents of change and transformation. The presentation is delivered in English and interspersed with Spanish quotes, phrases, and words to create a linguistic and cultural context.
Treasuring Nuestras Identidades with Dr. Patricia Arredondo, PhD.
There are many terms being used to categorize persons of Latinx/e heritages but most fall short of the complexity of our individual intersecting dimensions of identity. Honoring our personal multicultural/multiracial heritages from different Spanish-speaking nations involves multiple dimensions.
Of course, colorism is an inherent part of our visible identity as well. Otherbirthright dimensions are our gender and sexual orientation identities. Geographic and language influences are socializing forces as well. As individuals, we all have ways we wish to self-identify and need to strengthen that resolve in spite of racist and other discriminatory attributions about Latinx/e people. Treasuring Nuestras Identidades has to be intentional.
2022 Symposium Sessions
Promoting Counselor Multicultural and Social Justice Competency with Afro-Latinx/e Immigrants– Kirsis A. Dipre
Diana Gallardo, Susan Branco
Voces que van y vienen: intereses y preocupaciones de los migrantes. Una mirada desde México– Dra. Maria Elena Rivera
On the Outskirts of Gender: Practicing Inclusion Through Language– Ana Guadalupe Reyes
Fiestas de la Identidad: Sobre Ritualidades y Posibilidades de Comunalidad para el Buen Vivir– Veronica Trujillo y Edwin Moron
Now I’m Called Mama: Latinx Parenthood– Mariela Marin
El Rostro Humano de la Identidad Latina – Ignacio Alonzo
Una Criatura: Rewilding Our Spirits -Vanessa Cabrales
Lost in Translation – Gladys Lopez
Centering Social Justice and Liberation: Bi-Lingual Narrative Interventions for Spanish- (and non-Spanish) Speaking Professionals in Mental Health Settings -Noelany Pelc & Roberto Swazo
Chicanx Healing: A combination of cultures, medicine, and healing/therapeutic practices– Douglas Valdez
Acercamientos multiculturales en
intervenciones de trauma con estudiantes latinos– Jessica Gonzalez & Elsa Cardalda
The Lived Experiences of Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Counselors Accessing Clinical Supervision–
Daniel Dosal-Terminel, Camila Pulgar
Kimberly Mendez Gomez
Allyship: Developing Our Ability to Be Strong Allies -Christy Rhodes
NC’s Hispanics, Latinos, and Migrant Farmworkers: Essential Communities Less Seen – George Hendrix AMEXCAN
Let’s talk about Bruno: Utilizing the Encanto film as a counseling tool serving the Latinx community – Ali Corey & Syntia Santos