Saturday, April 8, 2017
* 9:00 - 9:45 - Registration & Morning Snack
* 10:00 - 11:00 - Welcome & Keynote by Noel Quiñones
* 11:15 - 12:00 - Affinity Space Gatherings
* 12:15 - 1:00 - Lunch & Networking by Grade
* 1:15 -2:15 - Workshop Session One & Action Planning
* 2:30 - 3:30 - Open Space Technology - See here for 2017 outcomes
* 3:45 - Closing Ceremony & Collaborative Call to Action with Gloria Fernández Tearte
- During this keynote we will use postcards designed by Puerto Rican artist, Elizabeth Erazo Baez
* 4:30 - Celebration
Registration for the 2018 conference will open after January 2018.
In order for a 5th through 12th grade Latin@ / Latinx identified student to attend, they must have an advisor who will register and attend the conference as a chaperone. Students can only attend with an adult chaperone from their school. Questions for the conference committee can be directed here.
2017 Opening Keynote Speaker - Noel Quiñones
Noel Quiñones is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer born and raised in the Bronx. Through various roles as an English Literature teacher, Youth Development Coordinator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and now an Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Noel has continued to employ artistic exploration and community engagement inside and outside of the classroom. As a performer he has featured with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and BronxNet Television as well as performed at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, La Casita, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Jawdance in London. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Button Poetry, Latina Magazine, Remezcla, WeAreMitú, Medium & elsewhere. Noel is currently the founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization providing the borough with monthly open mics, workshops, community programming, and the Bronx's own Slam Series to produce its first all Latinx Slam Team. Visit him at www.elninoquinones.com.
2017 Closing Keynote Speaker - Gloria Fernández-Tearte
Gloria Fernández Tearte is director of diversity and staff development at Greenwich Academy (CT). She has previously served as Greenwich Academy's director of admission. She began her independent school career as co-executive director of REACH, a program which places students of color in independent schools in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. She has co-authored chapters in the NAIS publication, Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and The Practitioner. Before working in independent schools, Gloria, who holds a MSW, directed human resource initiatives for business and government, creating affirmative action policies and sexual harassment awareness workshops. Gloria serves as senior faculty and as consultant at Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar.
Gloria will close the conference by helping us see the power of our collective voices in her presentation ¡Si, Se Puede!