National Immigrant Day
The United States of America is known as the world’s melting pot, and every year on October 28, National Immigrants Day gives us a reason to reflect on just how unique that distinction is among the world’s 195 sovereign nations. At Weber State University, we are proud of all the beautiful and wonderful contributions all of our Wildcats have made to enrich our campus community. At Weber State University #YouAreWelcomeHere and we value your contributions that add the sparkle to our community’s blend of cultures, customs, and traditions.
- Date: Friday, October 30
- Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Location: Zoom Meetings (register in advance for the ones you want to attend below)
- Contact: Cristian Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote: Viviana Felix
Viviana will be speaking about the current work being done in Ogden City in regards to the needs of the Immigrant community. Drawing from her own personal experience and community connections she has created, Viviana will educate the audience on how to get involved and provide support for these populations.
Viviana Felix graduated from Weber State University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. In May of 2019, she received her Master’s of Arts in Community Leadership from Westminster College.
Viviana has been politically engaged from a very young age which has led her to work in both the U.S. and Utah State Capitols. She currently works as the first every Diversity Affairs Coordinator for the City of Ogden.
Breakout Session: Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola
Alonso will be speaking about the immigrant experience and the obstacles individuals have to navigate in everyday life. The audience will hear about his back story and learn about the importance of advocacy and being transparent when offering support for immigrant populations.
Alonso is the Assistant Director for the Salt Lake Community College Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Originally from Lima, Peru, Alonso migrated to Utah when he was 11 years of age. His experiences growing up undocuqueer in Utah have shaped his perspectives and inform his passion for supporting and serving historically marginalized communities. He is passionate about serving students and engaging in creative ways of addressing individual and systemic-level change. Alonso graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors B.S. in Sociology and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in higher education administration. In his free time, Alonso likes to play with his cats, Kiwi and Gabo, and research. His scholarship has been published on academic journals, including the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and Gender and Education, as well as the books Educational Leadership of Immigrants: Case Studies in Times of Change and The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies.
Find Alonso on Twitter: @areynarivarola
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