Published September 22, 2021

On September 22, 2021 the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with a virtual discussion entitled Afro Latinx in Richmond.

The discussion panel consisted of Richmond-based community leaders steeped in grassroots efforts focused on empowerment, inclusion, and social justice.  Panelists explored how Afro-Latin American peoples have informed Latin American identity and culture.  

Panel Guests

Anita Nadal, M.A.

Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University

A recent recipient of the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment and the Riese-Melton Award, Nadal has led community-focused initiatives including La Fontera/The Border Community Program and Heroes de Color Student Empowerment Program.

Yahusef Medina, MPA

Associate Director of Community Initiatives, Virginia Humanities

Medina is a seasoned speaker and presenter working to address community service, social justice, and diversity within Afro-Latinidad culture. Medina’s work is informed by his experience creating and implementing programs that foster leadership and success in minoritized populations in K-12 systems.  

Shanteny Jackson, M.A.

Certified Senior Bilingual Community Health Worker, Richmond City Health District

 Jackson’s professional career revolves around community engagement and grassroots organizing. Her resume includes a term serving as the first Afro-Latina president for the Virginia Community Health Worker Association and extends to social and community projects she pioneered for Southwood and Broad Resource Centers.

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