Office of Multicultural Affairs

Plenary Session Descriptions (Regular Track)


Session #1: Inside the Fuerza Documentary (9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.) 

Presenter: David Martinez, Producer

David Martinez, Producer of Fuerza, will be discussing the background surrounding the documentary that premiered in November 2006. Fuerza is a documentary sheds a spotlight on two communities are tied together with a very strong bond, through immigration. This is the story of the people in these communities- one is Apan, Hidalgo, Mexico, and the other Goshen, Indiana, United States.

As described on the official video:  "Two cities, worlds apart, connected through immigration. For some people in these communities, immigration is not a matter of policy. It is life. "Fuerza" is a look into life on both sides of the border touched by immigration."

A special screening of the complete documentary will take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm in Olscamp 223.


Session #2:  Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Immigrant Youth (10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)

Presenter:  Julieta Garibay - Dream Educational Empowerment Program Coordinator, United We Dream

As a result of the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the decade long fight for the DREAM Act, United We Dream designed the Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) to address the barriers faced by undocumented immigrant youth from pursuing higher education.  She will provide a historical snapshot into the DREAM Act, the implications of DACA and how this impacts individuals within our local community. She will share educational materials to help participants understand the strategies to better assist undocumented immigrant students within the community.


Session #3: LGBTQ in the Hispanic/Latino/a Community (1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.)

Presenters: Dr. Susana Peña, Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Mr. Tobias Spears, Assistant Director for LGBT Programs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Dr. Peña and Mr. Spears will facilitate a presentation exploring what it means to be LGBT in the Hispanic/Latino/a community.


Session #4: Insights from the BGSU Latino Student Union (LSU) on Race within the Hispanic/Latino/a community (2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Presenters: LSU Executive Board Officers

The Executive Board of the Latino Student Union (LSU) will be coordinating this final plenary looking at the issue of race and identity within the Hispanic/Latino/a community.  

Each week during their regular Wednesday meetings, LSU engages their members through their Political Action Committee (PAC) presentations. These PAC presentations focus on different issues impacting the Hispanic/Latino/a community. During the past year, the presentations have looked at the role of Latinos in the 2012 Election to the impact of the death of Hugo Chavez to the role of military recruiting in Latino communities.