4th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Forum

Raíces: Mountains of Opportunities
October 9-10, 2015
Plemmons Student Union / Reich College of Education Building

The Hispanic Student Association of Appalachian State University will host the 4th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Forum. The event will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University in the Plemmons Student Union Friday, October 9 and the Reich College of Education Building on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Based on previous forums, approximately 75 faculty, staff and students are expected to be in attendance.

Since 2012, Hispanic/Latino Faculty from the UNC System have come to together to discuss relevant issues facing our Latino communities and their impact on higher education. During past forums, we have discussed issues affecting Hispanic/Latino students and faculty, such as promotion and tenure, advancing in administrative roles, Immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), career paths for Latino faculty and staff, and campus initiatives from around the system.

Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin, Dr. John R. Craft de Ornes Velez, Dr. René Harder Horst, Dr. Garner Dewey, and Mr. Augusto Peña, represented Appalachian State University at the First Annual UNC Hispano/Latino Forum hosted by North Carolina State University.

This year, the theme of the Forum is “Raíces: Mountains of Opportunities.” Famed News Correspondent, Ray Suarez, author of Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation, will serve as the Keynote Speaker. His book will be distributed at no charge to forum participants.

The purpose of the Forum is to bring Hispanic/Latino faculty from the University of North Carolina System together to establish a network or community to sustain a dialog of topics pertaining to advancement in the UNC-System. The vision of the inaugural Hispanic/Latino Forum originated from a meeting attended by Dr. Maria Correa (NCSU) with Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor and NC Hispanic/Latino leaders in 2011. Dr. Correa met other UNC System faculty and realized how little she knew about her Hispanic/Latino colleagues. At the time she was part of the NSF‐NCSU ADVANCE Emerging Leaders program and the forum became part of her graduation project. She contacted colleagues from UNCW, Drs. Jose Hernandez and Edelmira Segovia, and shared her ideas. Together, they started the process of identifying forum participants, program agenda, and other essentials to launch in the first forum in 2012.

Appalachian State University Faculty, Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin and Dr. John R. Craft de Ornes Velez serve as Planning Chairs.


The registration deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015 or until the forum fills. All forum events will be held on the campus of Appalachian State University. Parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck across the street from the College of Education at no charge. Detailed directions will be sent in your confirmation after you register.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Parkway Ballroom | Plemmons Student Union

  • 6:30 - 8:00pm


    Poster Set-up (poster holders and easels)

  • 7:00pm

    Special screening of the film, “La Vida No Es Fácil” by Maurice Martinez

    This documentary examines the issue of the ineligibility of undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition at North Carolina's public universities and how this situation affects the lives of college-aged Latino students. Director Maurice M. Martinez examines this controversial topic through the stories of three such students who were born to poor farm workers in Mexico. They have spent much of their lives in the U.S. and are struggling to find the financial resources to attend college.

    Free and open to the public

  • 7:00 - 9:00pm

    Poster Session

    Hispanic Student Association Reception—Students, Faculty, Staff

  • 7:00 - 11:00pm

    Hispanic Heritage Festival Dance

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Reich College of Education
Rooms 124B - 124C and 127 (Student Sessions)

  • 8:00 - 9:00am

    Breakfast and Networking

  • 9:00 - 9:30am

    Welcome and Introductions

    • Appalachian@s Team
    • Claudia Cartaya-Marin
    • John Craft de Ornes Velez
    • Garner Dewey
    • Rwany Sibaja
    • René Harder Horst
    • Jim Fogelquist
    • Darrell Kruger, Provost
    • Dr. Anthony Calamai, Dean of College of Arts and Science
    • Greetings from the UNC General Administration
    • Introduction of Students, Faculty, and Staff
    • Introduction of Speakers and Guests
  • 9:30 - 10:00am

    Session 1: Javier de Leon, Consul General of Mexico

  • 10:00 - 10:10am


  • 10:10 - 11:00am

    Session 2A: The Role of Spanish Languages & Culture Among the UNC Campuses

    • Edelmira Segovia
    • Jim Fogelquist

    Session 2B: Student Session in Room 127

    • Eli Gonzales, President of the Hispanic Student Association, Appalachian State University
  • 11:00 - 11:30am

    Session 3: Advances in Diversity

    • Jose Hernandez
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Session 4: Cuban dynamics or Initiatives at Appalachian State University

    • Garner Dewey
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm


  • 1:00 - 1:30pm

    Musical Performance by Oskar Espina-Ruiz, North Carolina School of the Arts

    Free and open to the public

  • 1:30 - 3:00pm

    Ray Suarez, Keynote Speaker

    Free and open to the public

  • 3:00 - 3:10pm


  • 3:10 - 4:00pm

    Ray Suarez Book signing

  • 4:00 - 5:00pm

    The 5th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Forum at UNC-G

    Appalachian@s Comments

    Closing Reception

    Tour of Campus facilitated by the Hispanic Student Association

    Dr. Howard Neufeld’s presentation on the colors of fall in the Appalachian Mountains