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"Afro-Descendants in Latin America" Professional Development K-14 Educators' Workshop

Event Type
Professional Development
Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for African Studies (CAS). Co-sponsors: Department of African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center.
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. 1212 W. Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mar 7, 2020   9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Registration Fee: $ 10.00
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Afro-Descendants in Latin America: History, Lifeways and Culture

The purpose of the Teacher’s Workshop is to unveil the invisibility of the Black presence in Latin America and to address historical and contemporary issues and experiences that are important to Afro-Latinos while also showing the contributions Afro-Latino populations have made on the perspective nations from which they come. 

This professional development workshop is primarily for K-12 and Community College educators, and
librarians. K-12 educators in Illinois are eligible to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH).


  • Carlos Carrillo, School of Music, University of Illinois
    • "The Afro Boricuas: A familiar story"
  • Faye V. Harrison, African American Studies and Anthropology, University of Illinois
    • "No Longer Invisible or Silent: Afro-Latin Americans Yesterday & Today"
  • Viodelda Judkins, ESL & Bilingual Education, Unit 4 School District
    • “Orgullosamente Afro-Latina”
  • Maritza Quiñones,  Anthropology, Univeristy of Illinois
    • "Negro? Black? Afro-descendant? A question of identity in Puerto Rico and the 2020 U.S. Census”
  • Luís Cláudio P. Symanski, Visiting Scholar Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, University of Illinois
    • “African slavery, racialization, and inequality in Brazil”
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