Please join us for the UCI Graduate Diversity, Inclusion and Development Committee's Empowering Imaginaries and Engagement two-day Zoom conference to celebrate and learn about the diversity of approaches to investigating and disseminating the Latinx experience. 



October 22, 2020

4:00-4:50 p.m.
Session I: The Representation and Resonance of Community and Family Life
Gentefied (2020) - Excerpts Screening and Discussion

Maria G. Rendon, Urban Planning and Public Policy, UC Irvine
Maria Rendon is a sociologist who examines the integration process of Latino immigrants and their children in the United States. She is the author of the award winning, Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos, a longitudinal study that follows a group of Latino young men as they transition to adulthood.

Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Chicano/Latino Studies and History, UC Irvine 
Ana Rosas is a historian investigating the generative potential of the intergenerational emotive investments and ventures of immigrant families.

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Session II: Inside the Scholar’s Studio Session with Dr. Maria G. Rendon and centering on Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos

Maria G. Rendon, Urban Planning and Public Policy, UC Irvine


October 23, 2020

10:00-11:35 a.m.
Session I: Imaginative Comparative and Relational Pathways

Isabela Seong Leong Quintana, Asian American Studies, UC Irvine
Isabela Seong Leong Quintana teaches and writes about critical relational and comparative ethnic studies, with a focus on Asian American and Chicanx/Latinx histories.

Salvador Zarate, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Salvador Zarate's research examines agriculture and extractive plant-based industries during the Jim Crow era by centering the labor histories of Latina and Black women reproductive laborers in ecological zones of exclusion, such as turpentine camps in Northwest Florida and cotton fields in the San Joaquin Valley.

Raul Fernandez, Chicano/Latino Studies and UC Cuba, UC Irvine
Raul Fernandez's research is focused on economic and cultural transactions between the U.S. and Latin America. His book publications include: Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination; From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz; and Hablando de Música Cubana.

1:00-2:35 p.m.
Session II: Connectivity, Boundaries, and Borders

Irene I. Vega, Sociology, UC Irvine
Irene Vega's research centers on the implementation politics of immigration control, racial group formation, and educational inequality. Her work appears in a number of edited volumes and journals, like Social Problems, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and American Behavioral Scientist.

Dan Bustillo, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
Dan Bustillo is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Visual Studies program and student in the Graduate Feminist Emphasis in the Department of Gender and Sexuality at UC Irvine. Their work considers counter-security media practices rooted in the everyday that emerge from trans Latinx communities.

Adrian Felix, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Adrian Felix's research focuses on the politics of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, race, and citizenship. His book, Specters of Belonging: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants was awarded the 2019 Best Book in Latino Politics by the American Political Science Association.

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Session III: Inside the Scholar’s Studio with Laura Enriquez centering on Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family

Laura Enriquez, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine
Laura Enriquez focuses on the educational, political, and social experiences of undocumented young adults and members of mixed-status families. Her book, Of Love and Papers, examines how immigration policies constrain the dating, marriage, and parenting experiences of undocumented young adults and limit intergenerational mobility within mixed-status families. She is currently a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.


This zoom event is co-sponsored by the University of California Irvine's School of Social Sciences Dean's Office, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, Graduate Student Diversity, Inclusion and Development Committee, and UCSB Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Pre-registration is required for this event. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event for confirmed registrants. For further information or questions, please contact Ana Elizabeth Rosas, 

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