Webinar: Activism and Advocacy in the Latinx Community

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PMCentral Daylight Time UTC -05:00


    Activismo y apoyo en la comunidad Latinx
    Ponentes (Presenters): Melissa Ramirez ’14,  

    Citlalli Gonzalez ’18, Tristan Gunn ’04
    Moderadora (Moderator): Yesenia Martinez Calderon ’20

    Presentado en español, este panel discutirá el activismo dentro de la comunidad Latinx. Nuestros panelistas desafían la lucha contra la negrura dentro y fuera de sus comunidades y discutirán formas en que las personas de color puedan unirse contra el racismo.

    Presented in Spanish, this panel will discuss activism within the Latinx community. Our panelists will challenge anti-Blackness inside and beyond their communities and will discuss ways in which Black and brown folks can stand together against racism. 

    An English transcript of the webinar will be provided to all registrants after the event. Please register if you would like to receive the transcript and learn from our presenters. 

    This special edition of Titan Talks: Webinar Series is presented by the Office of Alumni Engagement in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Presenters will share their perspectives on ways to advocate for others and be an Ally.

    Melissa Ramirez ’14 is a Chicana graduate of 2014, Psychology major with Hispanic Studies minor, originally from Los Angeles, CA. Today, she is an Admissions Counselor at Illinois State University as well as a graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program at ISU. She is very involved within the Bloomington-Normal community primarily working with Latina/o/x first generation students. She works within her community with Conexiones Latinas, a non-profit organization. She is dedicated to bringing awareness and access to higher education for young adults as well as advocacy for career opportunities. Coming from a similar background, she is able to connect with students and their families to help provide tools for access to higher education. 

    Citlalli Gonzalez ’18 grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago before deciding to attend Illinois Wesleyan two hours away. A daughter of Mexican immigrants, she was the first person in her family to attend, and graduate from, college. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Studies with an Asian Studies concentration and a minor in Political Science. She was a Community Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in the Morton Community College District. Her experiences at IWU and her work with ISAC inspired her to pursue a master's degree in Educational Leadership with a Higher Education concentration. Citlalli is currently an ENLACE fellow at Northeastern Illinois University. She aspires to work in student affairs in order to promote diversity and inclusion for students who identify as part of underrepresented groups in higher education.

    Tristan Gunn 04 is currently a partner at the law office of Tapia-Ruano and Gunn PC in downtown Chicago, IL. He has practiced immigration law for the past 8 years and is presently an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI). He graduated from DePaul University College of law in 2011 and is a member of the Law School’s Diversity Council that reports directly to the dean on efforts in diversity, inclusion, equity and antiracism at the College of Law. Mr. Gunn is fluent in Spanish, having obtained a Diploma of Language Certification from the school of Encuentros in the State of Morelos in Mexico in 2004.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.