Latinx Professional Development Institute

Julio Cammarota

The Strengthening and Valuing Latinx Communities in Iowa conference was founded in 1998 to explore the changing demographics and dynamics of Latinx communities in Iowa and strengthen the responsiveness of policy makers, business leaders and community-based organizations.

This year, the Professional Development Institute will focus on health, community building, and identity within the Latinx community. Breakout sessions will range from topics of Latinx arts and culture, mentoring Latinx youth, and emotional intelligence and self-care. See below for more detailed session descriptions.

Conference Agenda

Time Session and Location
8:30-9:30am   Registration and Continental Breakfast
2nd Floor Ballroom Lobby
9:00-9:15am Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Nadine Petty, Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Enrichment; LULAC
2nd Floor Ballroom
9:15-10:15am Keynote Address
Dr. Julio Cammarota, Iowa State University
2nd Floor Ballroom
10:15-10:45am Overview of the Day, Information Sharing
11:00am-12:30pm Morning Breakout
Each session will be given in both the morning and afternoon.
  The Power of Being Positive
Presenter: Jocelyn Frohwein, Marshalltown Community School District; and Al Exito Marshalltown Students
This interactive session will showcase how mentoring and advocacy benefit our students. Its focus will be relationship building and providing tools for effective mentoring. El Exito will be featured.
  Desarrollando la Inteligencia Emocional
Presenter: Beatriz Gallardo, Psychologist and International Visitor
This theoretical and interactive session will help you
acquire a better knowledge of your emotions and the
emotions of others. Its purpose is to help you
develop greater emotional intelligence and to have a more positive attitude towards life.
*This session will be given entirely in Spanish.*
  Who Am I?
Presenter: Dr. Maria Bruno, University of Iowa
This experiential session hosts a panel of undergraduate students who will share their personal stories via mask making. Come listen to their stories about what it means to be a Latinx millennial in today’s society.
  Introducing US Latinx Literature
Presenter: Dr. Jeannine Pitas, University of Dubuque
This lecture-style session will introduce you to the wealth and diversity of US-born Latinx writers and is offered with the hope that awareness and engagement with Latinx authors might counteract stereotyping and tokenizing of Latinx culture.
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
Main Lounge, First Floor
1:40-3:10pm Afternoon Breakout
*See Morning Breakout descriptions.
3:20-4:30pm Closing Remarks, Networking Session, "Migration is Beautiful" Display
Light Refreshments served
2nd Floor Ballroom



Monday, October 2, 2017