Celebration Archives


“Beyond the Struggle: Political and Social Justice Activism in Higher Education –Nuestras historias (Our stories)” 

Feminist author and Miami University Assistant Professor Daisy Hernández will discuss her journey as an activist and the power of coalition building through creative writing. She will be joined by graduate students Wendy De León, Bianca Zamora, Esther Claros Berlioz and Angel Raymundo, who will share what it means to be an activist in 2017 and the influence of familia in their activism.

Daisy Hernandez

Keynote speaker Daisy Hernández, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Miami University, OH. 

Graduate student panelists

Wendy De León is a master’s student in the department of Gerontology at Miami University. As a Latina, Wendy is interested in the health and well-being of Latino older adults as well as the services and programs available to this population.

Esther Maria Claros Berlioz is a doctoral student in the department of Educational Leadership in the Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum program at Miami University. Originally from Honduras, Esther came to the United States to pursue her dreams of studying abroad in the U.S.A. Her research interests include immigration reform and how it affects Latino and Latin American youth, the use of art as resistance and the biopolitics of immigration.

Angel Raymundo is a first-year master’s student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at Miami University. Angel got his bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at Iowa State University where he helped form a student activist group called Leaders United for Change (LUCHA).

Bianca Zamora is a second year student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program. She currently works as a research assistant with Dr. David Perez II on The National Study on Latino Male Achievement in Higher Education and serves as an advisor for Miami University’s Sigma Lambda Gamma, a Latina-based sorority. Growing up in a farm labor camp, she saw the power of the Latina women to mobilize, heal, and resist systemic oppression which inspires her passions to work with Latina youth and college womxn. Her research is centered on womxn of Color graduate students experiences of healing and resistance as well as bisexual latinidad in a postcolonial society.

YouTube video Panelists interviewed by Lorena Mora-Mowry, Mujer Latina Today, Media partner


The Only Home I Know, My American Dream

Film screening and panel discussion

In this special half hour film collaboration between *My American Dreams and Define American, former Washington Post reporter, Jose Antonio Vargas told the story behind his high profile exposure of himself as an undocumented “alien.” His story and those of six other young DACA recipients are told. Panel discussion will address issues related to the protection of young immigrants and their families from deportation, and strategies to take action.

Guest speaker

Rhian Miller, filmmaker, and Miami University Western alumna


Miami University Students

The National Sanctuary Movement

Panel presentation and discussion

During the panel, the guest speakers discussed the National Sanctuary Movement in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities across the U.S., how their faith communities decided to join the coalition and what their commitment to be a Sanctuary or Solidarity congregation means, and how students can be involved.

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Guest speakers

The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell, Dean, Christ Church Cathedral
Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, Rabbi, Temple Sholom
Shaykh Ismaeel Chartier, Imam, Clifton Mosque

The Spirituality of Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Movement

A Contemplative dinner and Breaking of the Bread for Peace and Justice

This program will provide an opportunity for people from diverse faith-and-meaning-making backgrounds to come together to reflect on the spiritual values that drove Cesar Chavez’s work. Dinner was sponsored by the Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Initiative, Office of Community Engagement and Service


John-Charles Duffy, Department of Comparative Religion

Co-sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures; the College of Education, Health and Society; and the Office of Community Engagement and Service; and in partnership with the Association of Latin and American Students; the Interfaith Center; the Office of Diversity Affairs and Somos Miami.

For co-curricular connections contact Jacqueline Rioja, associate director, CAWC |
Latin(o) American and Caribbean Initiatives.