Latinx Initiative


With the growing activities in the Harvard community to study and celebrate Latinx communities and themes, DRCLAS seeks to serve as a resource to help spread information about these important events. Some events are co-sponsored by DRCLAS and part of our Latinx Initiative, and others are organized by outside groups of the university. 

If you want to learn more about Latinx events on campus, check out the full calendars of the Harvard DACA Seminar, The Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR), the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and El Observatorio Instituto Cervantes.  

Additionally, we encourage you to visit the websites and Facebook pages of the many Latinx student groups at Harvard, including Harvard College Act on a DreamFuerza Latina, Latinas Unidas, Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association, Latin GSD, Latinx Caucus (HKS), La Alianza (HLS), Comunidad Latinx (HGSE), UndocuAllies Initiative (HGSE), Latinos in Public Health (HSPH), Latino Student Organization (HBS) as well as the Harvard Latin Alumni Alliance


Latinx Initiative at DRCLAS

Latinx Initiatve: Marca X: Exhibit of Latinx LGBTQIA artists working in Boston
Co-sponsored by DRCLAS, the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance, the Harvard Ed Portal, and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Presented at two venues (La Galería, 85 W Newton Street, Boston and Crossings Gallery, 224 Western Avenue, Allston) January 11 - February 16, 2018
--Exhibit Opening at La Galería: January 19, 6-8pm
Latinx Initiative: Latina Empowerment and Development Conference: February 2-3, 2018, Northwest Labs
Organized by Latinas Unidas, a student group at Harvard College, and supported by DRCLAS
Latinx Initiative: Kick-off! Latinx Poetry Series at Harvard in Celebration of AfroLatinx HistoryFebruary 15, 2018, 6pm, Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room
Organized by Melissa Castillo Garsow, and co-sponsored by DRCLAS, Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Latinx Initiative: Latina Poetry Reading in Celebration of Women's History Month: Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7pm, Observatorio Cervantes, 2 Arrow St
Featuring Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Elisabet Velasquez, with Victoria Alicea DelValle.
Organized in collaboration with the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights; the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature
Latinx Initiative: "Here, for a moment" with painter Ramiro Gomez: Monday, March 26, 4pm, 2 Arrow St, Room 408
Organized by the Latinx Studies Working Group in the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and co-sponsored by DRCLAS and Instituto Cervantes.
Latinx Initiative: 21st Century Bilingualism at Harvard: How Latinx students are reshaping Spanish classroom pedagogy: Wednesday, March 28, 12-2pm, CGIS South, S-216
Organized by DRCLAS, featuring a presentation by María Luisa Parra and students from her classes Spanish 49h and 59h, and co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languanges and Literatures
Latinx Initiative: The Borders of Dominicanidad: Monday, April 2, 4:30pm, 2 Arrow St, Room 408
Lorgia García-Pena will discuss her most recent book with Mayra Rivera Rivera and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel.
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, DRCLAS, and the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI).



Other Latinx Events on Campus: Spring 2019
La Alianza at Harvard Law: Harvard Latinx Graduation, Tuesday, May 28
Central American Student Association at Harvard: Screening of Voces Inocentes with Oscar Torres, Friday, April 12 
UndocuAllies: Return Migration: The Untold Stories: Thursday, April 4, 5pm-7pm, Askwith Hall at HGSE
Professor of Education and Immigration expert, Dr. Roberto G. Gonzales will be in conversation with Daniel Arenas and Kenia Alfaro. A conversation moderated by Diana Giron, a Harvard Divinity School alumni.
Human Rights Journal at HLS: Comparative Criminalization of Student Protests: Wednesday, April 3, 6pm-8pm, WCC 205 Harkness South Dining Room
Comunidad LatinX Film Screening: Black Migration & Influence in México: Thursday, February 28, 6pm, Askwith Hall at HGSE
HGSE’s Black Student Union and Comunidad Latinx, alongside David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard & Espacio Migrante, are excited to present two short documentaries on Black Migration & Influence in México alongside filmmaker Ebony Bailey and migration activist Paulina Olvera.
Harvard Latinos in Health Careers Conference (LIHCCON): Healthcare Access in Underserved Populations Conference: Saturday, February 23, 8:30am-5:30pm, Harvard Student Organization Center at Hilles
​This year's conference, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the health challenges that minority and immigrant populations face, as well as interacting with healthcare professionals and renowned public health leaders in an effort to inspire partnerships that will help address these issues through research, policy, and advocacy.


Other Latinx Events on Campus: Spring 2018
Harvard DACA Seminar: "They Take Our Jobs!" And Other Myths about Immigration: Thursday, February 1, 4-6pm
Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University
Introduction by Roberto G. Gonzalez
Harvard DACA Seminar: Brown Bag Lunch -- Undocumented at Harvard: Navigating Elite Academic Spaces: Wednesday, February 7, 12-1pm
Moderated by Professor Maria Agui Carter
Migration and the Humanities Mahindra Conference: February 8-9, 2018, Piper Auditorium on Thursday and Barker Center on Friday
Harvard Latinx Law Conference: Advocating Across Communities: February 9-10, 2018, Wasserstein Hall
Organized by La Alianza, a student organization of Latinx law students and students interested in issues affecting the Latinx community at HLS
Harvard DACA Seminar: Closing Down the Government: A Conversation on Child Migrants: Tuesday, February 13, 4-6pm
Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
Ethnicity, Migration, Rights: Workshop with Teresita Fernández: Thursday, February 15, 4-5:30pm
Open call for student participation in her site-specific installation in Tercentenary Theatre to be installed in fall of 2018
Harvard DACA Seminar: Strategies from the Front Lines of Immigration Activism Panel: Thursday, February  15, 4-6pm
Reverend Walter "Slim" Coleman (Director, Familia Latina Unida Ministries); Reina Guevara (Development Director, Student Immigrant Movement - SIM); Patricia Montes (Executive Director, Centro Presente); Moderated by Professor Kirsten Weld
Harvard DACA Seminar: Dr. Leo Chavez: Anchor Babies and the Challenge of Birthright Citizenship: Tuesday, February 20, 4-6pm
Harvard DACA Seminar: The Impact of the TPS Repeal on Campus: Harvard Workers' Stories: Monday, February 26, 3-5pm, Emerson Hall 305 
This two-day event brings together some of the nation’s best and brightest pro-immigrant rights activists and scholars, including Justino Mora, Jennifer Hochschild and Jennicet Gutierrez. 
Harvard DACA Seminar: Supporting Undocumented Students in K-12 Schools: Wednesday, February 28, 4-6pm
Featuring Astou Thiane, Luis Ortega (Storytellers for Chalenge), Jin Park, Mary Skipper (Superintendent, Somerville Public Schools), Viridiana Carrizales (Managing Director, DACA Corps Member Support, Teach for America)
Harvard DACA Seminar: Higher Education and Life After College PanelThursday, March 1, 4-6pm
Denisse Rojas (Founder, Pre Health Dreamers), Monica Sibri (Founder, CUNY DREAMers, National Program Coordinator, IGNITE National), Maria Blanco (Executive Director, University of California Legal Services Center), Meng So (Director, Access and Opportunity Programs, Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence, University of California, Berkeley)
Moderated by Professor Christine Desan and featuring top legal scholars Deborah Anker (Harvard), Sabrineh Ardalan (Harvard), Dan Kanstroom (Boston College), and Michael Wishnie (Yale University)
Harvard DACA Seminar: A Day of Hope & Resistance: Monday, March 5, 10am-9pm, Harvard Memorial Church
A day-long celebration of community and solidarity, featuring workshops, musical performances, artwork, and spoken word with Rebel Diaz, Audry Funk with Dl Loup and Bestia bx, Vijay Iyer, Quetzal flores and Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, Esperanza Spalding, Yosimar Reyes, Julio Salgado, Sonia Guiñansaca, and Claire Chase.
Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, Latinx Studies Working Group: 'Faith and Fidencia, dialogues through photography': Monday, March 5, 4pm
Lecture by the photographer Patricia Mendez Obregon
A panel discussion featuring young organizers from around the country, including Erika Andiola and Ju Hong.
Presented by Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard Art Museums, and the Charles Warren Center  
UndocuAllies Initiative Training #1: Laws & Policies: Friday, March 30, 4-6pm, location TBC
Participants must register on this Googleform to receive the location
Latinx Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School: Latinx Hackatón: Saturday, March 31, 8:30am-6:30pm, Harvard Innovation Labs
RSVP required via this Googleform
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: Show and Tell: An Evening about Citizenship with Documentary Filmmakers: Thursday, April 5, 7:30pm, Knafel Center
Featuring Maria Agui Carter, Heather Courtney, Cynthia López and moderated by Claudia Puig.
UndocuAllies Initiative Training #2: Best Practices & Social-Emotional Approach: Friday, April 6, 4-6pm, location TBC
Participants must register on this Googleform to receive the location
Romance Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Conference: Can the Migrant Speak?April 6-7
Keynotes by Professor Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University) and Professor Amy Sara Carroll (Cornell University)