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2019 Seminar

March 19-20, 2019

The Friday Conference Center

1.5 CEU / 15 PDCH offered

Partners: $175 per person; $600 per team of four / Non-Partners: $200 per person; $700 per team of four

The goal of World View’s Latin America and North Carolina Seminar is to increase educators’ knowledge of Latin America and Latin American cultures, particularly as it relates to Latinx students in North Carolina. We will explore key issues and themes related to Latin America’s history, politics, economies and the diverse cultures represented in this region as well as the relevant connections between the region and North Carolina. Educators will gain knowledge and understanding of the current demographics in North Carolina as they related to Latinx populations, learn strategies for integrating Latin American themes into curriculum and build their toolkits of resources and strategies for helping Latinx students find educational success. This program is appropriate for all K-12 and community college educators.

Schedule | Speakers | Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitors | Program Material | Lodging & Directions

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8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. Plenary I: Contemporary Latin American Political Trends and Challenges

Jonathan Hartlyn, Professor, Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
10:00 a.m. Plenary II: NAFTA 2.0: The Future of the US-Canada-Mexico Relationship

Remedios Gómez Arnau, Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh
Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada
John Loyack, Vice President, Global Business Services, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Moderator: Michael W. Cotter, Ambassador (ret.)
11:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I

Sessions highlight Latin American countries, issues, resources for teaching about Latin America and strategies for success with Latinx students.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Plenary III: The Hispanic/Latino Community in North Carolina

Krista M. Perreira, Professor, Social Medicine, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
2:15 p.m. Transition to Sessions
2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II

Sessions highlight Latin American countries, issues, resources for teaching about Latin America and strategies for success with Latinx students.
3:30 p.m. Break and Transition to Sessions
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III

Sessions highlight Latin American countries, issues, resources for teaching about Latin America and strategies for success with Latinx students.
4:45 p.m. Adjourn
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Plenary IV: Constellations of Disadvantage and Resilience in the Latinx South

Angela Stuesse, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Global Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
9:30 a.m. Plenary V: Addressing Educational Inequities for Latino Student Success

MariaRosa Rangel, Director, Office of Equity Affairs, Wake County Public School System
10:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:45 a.m. Student Panel: A Vision for Success: Learning from Students

Moderator: Jakelin Bonilla, Social Innovation Initiative Coordinator, Campus Y, UNC-Chapel Hill
12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Next Steps and Adjourn


Jakelin “Jaki” Bonilla is UNC-Chapel Hill’s Campus Y social innovation initiatives coordinator. She grew up in Siler City, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a major in global studies and a minor in entrepreneurship. At UNC, she founded Linking Immigrants to New Communities (LINC) and served on the UNC Emerging Communities Taskforce that established the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative. Jakelin also conducted ethnographic research and volunteered in Central and South America, served as co-chair of the Great Decisions Program, mentored in the Scholars Latino Initiative and worked as a senior intern in the Bonners Leaders Program at the Campus Y. After graduating from UNC she served as the director of the Campus Y’s Global Gap Year Fellowship from 2012 to 2015.
Michael W. Cotter is a retired Foreign Service officer. He is on the board of the online journal of international affairs American Diplomacy. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to Turkmenistan, he had postings in Chile, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Turkey, Ecuador, Bolivia and the Republic of South Vietnam, as well as the State Department in Washington. Ambassador Cotter has a B.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and an M.A. from Stanford. Living in the Chapel Hill, NC area, he frequently writes and lectures on international topics.
Remedios Gómez Arnau, diplomat, was appointed by the President of Mexico and ratified by the Senate as Consul General in Raleigh, North Carolina, taking office on June 16, 2016. She has previously headed the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California, from 2001 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2016, respectively. Prior to her tenure in Atlanta, she was the academic secretary and associate researcher at the Center for Research on North America from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research included US foreign policy and the Mexico-US relationship. At the Ministry of Foreign Relations she has also served as consultant to the undersecretary for North America in two presidential administrations, and has been director of consular protection, deputy director of consular protection studies and head of the department of political and legal affairs for the US. She is the author and coordinator of different books and specialized articles. She has a B.A. in international relations and a master’s degree from Colegio de México and Ph.D. studies from UNAM in the same field.
Jonathan Hartlyn is the Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. from Clark University and both his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988, he taught at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching interests are in the comparative politics of Latin America, especially with relation to questions of democratization, political institutions and state-society relations. He is the author and co-author of multiple books on Latin America, and his articles have appeared in numerous journals and edited books. He served as the senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs for UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences from 2009 to 2019 and has served as chair of the department of political science and director of the Institute of Latin American studies.
John Loyack is the vice president of global business services for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. In this role, John leads the department composed of the EDPNC regional offices, the International Trade Division and the small business counseling team known as Business Link North Carolina. Prior to this, John served as the director of international trade for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. On the private sector side, John has more than 25 years’ experience in the area of new product development for companies like MercuryMD, Thomson Reuters, United States Surgical and Esteve Laboratories. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Spanish from Gettysburg College and holds an MBA in international business management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is fluent in Spanish, is a patent holder and a Certified Global Business Professional.
Krista Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and inter-relationships between family, health and social policy. Focusing on children in immigrant families, her most recent work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study migration from Latin America and the health and educational consequences of migration. Through her research, she aims to develop programs and policies to improve the well-being of immigrant families and their children.
MariaRosa Rangel was born in Salvatierra Guanajuato, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at an early age. She has over 25 years of educational experience. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in bilingual/bicultural and elementary education from the Northeastern University of Chicago, Illinois and her master’s degree in school administration and doctoral degree in education from North Carolina State University. She has served as a third-grade bilingual teacher, a GED instructor, a Spanish/ESL teacher, an assistant principal, a district-wide LEP/dual language coordinator and a senior administrator for Latino outreach. She currently serves as the director for family and community engagement in the Office of Equity Affairs for the Wake County Public School District. She is responsible for the planning, developing and coordinating family and community activities/events and programs to improve student’s academic achievement. MariaRosa is active and well-respected within the Latino community and serves on multiple boards and councils. She has been recognized as a Latino Leader by WRAL-HOLA-NC and FOX 50. In 2018 she was awarded the Ohtli Award by the Consul General of Mexico for her longstanding contributions to NC Latino families.
Angela Stuesse is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology and the curriculum in global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research is focused on the globalization of the rural US South, immigrant policing and DREAMers in higher education, and she is the author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race and Work in the Deep South. She is committed to involving students in participatory, politically engaged research, and strives to create opportunities for students to problem-solve real world issues. She received her B.A. in anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Florida and both her M.A. in Latin American studies and her Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin.
Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada, was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada and began her tenure in September 2017. She is responsible for strengthening and deepening the Canada-US relationship across six states of the Southeast – Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As a career trade negotiator and trade-policy professional for the Canadian government, Consul General Theodore has held executive leadership positions in several of Canada’s trade negotiations, including serving as one of the two deputy chief negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and as the executive director of Canada’s Secretariat for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. She previously served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. She has a passion for community engagement, especially around youth and education, and currently volunteers with EverbodyWins! Atlanta.

Concurrent Sessions

Mi Centro – A Summer Program for English Learners Attending Pre-K in the Fall

Kim Meza, ESL Director, Vance County Schools
José Martínez, ESL Specialist, Vance County Schools
This session focuses on Vance County School’s summer pre-K program Mi Centro, a summer program for three and four-year-old English Learners who will attend pre-K in the fall. It will provide a general overview of the program Mi Centro, what it’s all about and how other school systems can use this model to help prepare and give a “head start” to English Learners entering Pre-K.
Enlaces: Then and Now

Jennifer L. H. Hall, Curriculum and Instruction Coach, Rogers-Herr Middle School, Durham Public Schools
Tawauna Stewart, Dean of Students, Rogers-Herr Middle School, Durham Public Schools
Elizabeth Propp, EC Teacher, Rogers-Herr Middle School, Durham Public Schools
Meridith Herndon, Eighth Grade Science Teacher, Rogers-Herr Middle School, Durham Public Schools
P. Trent Hall, Eighth Grade ELA Teacher, Rogers-Herr Middle School, Durham Public Schools
Over the past two years, a team of five faculty members have been given the opportunity to create our own program that seeks to serve our Hispanic/Latino students, approximately 25 percent of our student population. In the first year, we began by developing relationships with students, analyzing data and hosting family nights to better determine our students’ and families’ needs. Now in our second year, we have developed a tiered system of support based on students’ needs. Come find out about our processes, successes and areas of growth so that you can implement a similar plan in your school.
Working with Immigrant Populations in the College Enrollment Process

Juana Hernández-Urquiza, CFNC State Representative for Spanish Services, College Foundation of North Carolina
In this session educators will understand the challenges that immigrant populations face in the K-12 system and the challenges gaining access to the college enrollment process. The presenters will identify best practices in supporting immigrant populations through the college enrollment process with a focus on financial aid and residency determination. Participants will leave with tools and resources to better support students in their schools and their communities.
Latin American Studies in the K-12 Classroom

Corin Zaragoza Estrera, Outreach Coordinator, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill
In this session K-12 educators will learn about the resources and workshops available through the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which works to promote the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Educators will discuss the benefits of incorporating Latin American studies into their classrooms and learn how the Consortium can support efforts in the classroom and beyond.
Teaching Academic Content Through Digital Storytelling

Lori Edmonds, Clinical Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
Digital storytelling is emerging as an engaging way to connect students’ identities with classroom learning. This session introduces educators to foundational digital storytelling techniques and a variety of applications in which teachers can develop their students’ content understanding, academic language proficiency and research and communication skills, while connecting with knowledge that students bring from their out-of-school lives. Content areas discussed include science, social studies, English language arts and math. Examples also include themes of cross-cultural understanding and environmental conservation.Participants will be able to explain the importance of connecting the knowledge students bring from their out-of-school lives with the content being learned in their classroom; share at least one way in which students’ funds of knowledge can be connected to their content area; identify the basic components of a digital story; list a variety of digital storytelling platform options; and list several benefits of using digital storytelling in their classroom.
Hurricane María: A Personal and National Experience in the Context of Colonialism and Disaster Capitalism

Vicky Muñiz Quiñones, University of Puerto Rico (retired)
This session focuses on the personal experience of the speaker and that of her compatriots during the passing of Hurricane María over Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 and the days that followed as they faced in shock and impotence a devastated country and the lack of resources to recover. It argues that notwithstanding its enormity, the catastrophe owed much to more than a century-old colonial practices of both the federal and the local governments since the US takeover of the island in 1898. The effects of various restructuring actions to conform to the needs of US capital have impaired the island from identifying effective solutions to its problems. The neoliberal economic strategies being put in place since María have worsened recovery by speeding restructuring efforts that were being implemented before the disaster. “Disaster capitalism” has served to push through the privatization of state assets in which the dismantling of the public education system is but one example. It is hoped that the session will stimulate reflection and debate.
“Sí Se Puede”: Building Trust in the Age of Division

Sarah M. Wright, Instructor, Surry Community College
Generally, as educators, we like to think that ALL of our students trust us. We self-identify as open and welcoming in class and have our doors open during office hours, but it is not always enough, especially in an age of increasing fear and distrust of the government. As fears of deportation and crushed dreams of obtaining DACA status increase, Latinx students often have questions about their academic futures that go unasked because they are unsure of who they can trust. At a minimum, students fear they will be judged for their status, or at worst reported for their status or lack thereof. In the session, through examining our current beliefs and practices, we will explore best practices for building trust with Latinx students (similar techniques can be applied to other often-marginalized groups). Additionally, we will cover some important information to be aware of when advising students who are children of immigrants, immigrants with DACA status and undocumented students as they navigate financial aid and residency status (RDS), scholarships and career choice. From stickers to organizations to school-wide events, we will discuss a path to establishing and building trust with our Latinx students on an individual level and campus-wide.
Teaching about Migration with the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Oral Histories

Hannah Gill, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Latino Migration Project Director and Acting Director, Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill
The New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Oral Histories are a bilingual online resource that consists of more than 200 audio-recorded and transcribed interviews with North Carolinians with Latin American heritage as well as professionals who work with immigrants and refugees. New Roots informs public history and creates resources that teachers in social studies, history, language arts, Spanish, literature and other fields can use. Learn how to become a storyteller or use this resource for your family heritage, research or teaching.
Why Films in the Classroom?

Manuel A. Sánchez Cabrera, PhD Student/Graduate Teacher Assistant, Department of Romance Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Why films? How can films help us to understand our realities and differences? In what ways does the moving image bring to the classroom images that are not available in the mainstream media. How can we tell better stories to our students through films? In this session, we are going to discuss the potentials and dangers of using films in the classroom as well as the notions and importance of representation, history, and contexts in order to understand the diversity of our students. We are going to discuss, mostly, films from Latin America and the United States, but the strategies are applicable to films from other regions of the world. Our present time, and our context require of us (teachers) to go beyond our taken from granted ideas about the world. Films and documentaries can help us understand our students´ needs and challenges whether they were born here or abroad. This session is intended to raise questions about the way we can improve as educators, and how we can use better tools (in this case films) to understand our ever-changing classrooms.
Think Global, Act Local: A Challenge for Costa Rica and Central America

Odilie Calvo, Executive Director, Immersion Abroad Costa Rica
Daily life in the twenty-first century urges citizens to consider not just the health and well-being of one’s immediate community and family, but of the entire planet. Worldwide disparities in education, healthcare and trade, however, often challenge consumer choices. Costa Rica serves as a leading nation in Central America with a GDP more than 50 percent higher than the rest of its neighbors, but how did it rise to such economic stability? This session discusses Costa Rica’s role in the global economy and conflicting trends to support local community markets and family-run small businesses in the face of rising mega industries.
Understanding the Mexican Culture: “Bridging the Gap for Student Success”

Hilda de León, Assistant Principal, Knightdale High School, Wake County Public School System
MariaRosa Rangel, Director, Office of Equity Affairs, Wake County Public School System
Is your school faced with a growing Mexican student population? If so, this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, you will learn about the Mexican educational system, cultural norms, values, traditions, and the challenges students faced immigrating to the United States. Participants will walk away with specific culturally relevant strategies to increase student engagement and academic achievement.
Exploring Latino Food Culture through the Power of Storytelling

Carina Cordero Brossy, Global Education Consultant and Podcaster
Food is essential to human survival but its functionality is far more complex. Food serves as a window into societal values, attitudes, perceptions of self, economics, history and more. This session explores the foodways, traditions and culinary history of Latin America, specifically the Caribbean and Mexico. We will also examine the impact storytelling has on tying immigrant populations to their food choices and culinary identity long after migration. The session will offer tools for teaching about Latino food culture in the classroom.
Window of Educational Guidance

Monica Colín, Consul for Community and Educational Affairs, Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh
This session will provide information about the educational services and programs offered by the Mexican government in the United States, including resources in English and Spanish that support Mexican families navigating the US education system and support for those who want to continue their higher education. This information is useful for all educators who support the academic success of and path toward higher education for students and families from Mexico.
Water in the Tropics

Diego Riveros-Iregui, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill
The tropics are currently inhabited by 40% of the world’s population and 55% of the world’s children under the age of five, yet by 2050 those proportions will increase to 50% and 60%, respectively. This projected growth makes the tropics of particular interest to address global sustainability questions, as tropical regions will inevitably experience climbing pressures and demands for essential ecosystem services. The Galapagos Islands offer a unique example of this global conundrum: a tropical environment with distinct, sharp microclimate zonations imposed by topography combined with an exceptional demand for freshwater due to population growth, tourism, land use change, and contamination. Learn more and join the discuss in this session with Professor Riveros-Iregui.




Program Material


1.5 Continuing Education Units or 15 Professional Development Contact Hours will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the seminar. This includes completing the reading assignment and the accompanying study guide, attending all rounds of sessions and turning in the study guide.


Suggested readings and materials:
  1. Please take a look at: Latin America in 2019: Will Political Upheaval Stall Growth? and the podcast titled 2019: A Look Ahead with UPenn Professor William Burke-White and Benjamin Gedan, a senior advisor to the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Both are available here.
More information coming soon!

Lodging & Directions



Courtyard by Marriott
(919) 883-0700
100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $129.00, guaranteed until February 16, 2019
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the “UNC World View” block or by following this link.
Hampton Inn & Suites
(919) 403-8700
6121 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $114.00, guaranteed until February 18, 2019
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “World View Spring Seminar” or by following this link.
Holiday Inn Express
(919) 489-7555
6119 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $99.00, guaranteed until February 18, 2019
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “World View Spring Seminar” or by following this link.