The Hispanic Discussion Roundtables is an event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Pittsburgh (September 15-October 15, 2019). Join the University Library System (ULS) as we host 5 Latino/as from various parts of Latin America to share their culture, their family structure and experiences in small group settings at Hillman Library.
The goal of the Hispanic Discussion Roundtables is to build understanding and challenge stereotypes and prejudices associated with Latino/s through friendly dialogue at the ULS. These open conversations can lead to greater acceptance and inclusion in the community.
- Belkys Torres - My LatinX Life As the daughter of the Cuban diaspora, I was born in Miami, FL and have spent my life straddling borders, negotiating identities, code-switching in daily conversations and learning to embrace the diversity of living as a Latinx in the United States. I will discuss the heterogeneity of Latina/o/x community members across the U.S., identify some of the challenges and obstacles I confronted as a college student in the South and share some lessons learned from my professional experience in academia thus far.
- Brenda Salem - Quite Mexican, Not Quite American As a Mexican-American, I live two different cultures, two different worlds. It has come with some challenges but also, I feel, with advantages. It lead me to my job as a Latin American Languages Cataloger, which gave me the unique opportunity to work with the Latin American intellectual output that I had missed out on most of my life. Come learn more about my experiences as a not-so-typical American.
Bianca DeJesus - Transcending Boxes: Living Life as an Afro-Latina I was born in the Bronx, NY to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. Growing up in such a culturally rich city, rarely did I have to put words to my racial and ethnic background; I was just me. I will discuss my path growing up as a black woman in the United States with a very rich latino background. In sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to help others move past what it means to be “black” and “latino” and understand that we , as afro Latinos, exist in the intersection.
Steven Hernandez - American Story: Gen 2.0 vs 3.0 My grandparents migrated from Mexico and never learned English. My parents, aunts and uncles were bilingual, but I, along with my brother and my cousins completely assimilated. In fact, I was a career military officer and my brother is a career law enforcement officer—arguably, we became part of THE American middle-class establishment. Yet, the majority of my aunts and uncles are strong supporters of the current U.S. President while my cousins and I are deeply opposed. One of the two familial generations must be wrong, right?
Chester Thompson - Transitioning from a Small Central American Port Town to a North American Mega Port City: Living Life as an Afro-Caribbean-Latino I was born in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica to an Afro-Costa Rican mother and father. I later immigrated to the Bronx, NY at the age of six-years-old where I was raised. I was privileged to grow up in New York City where I was exposed to a culturally rich and diverse metropolis. I will discuss my lived experiences growing up as a black man in the United States with a vibrant Afro-Carribean and Latin background. In sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to help others move past what it means to be “Black” "Carribean" and “Latino” and understand that we, as Afro Carribean Latinos play a significant part in the African Diaspora