Join the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with a virtual discussion entitled Afro Latinx in Richmond.

The discussion panel will consist of Richmond-based community leaders steeped in grassroots efforts focused on empowerment, inclusion, and social justice.  Panelists will explore 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.

This event is free to attend but registration is required.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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