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Latino Heritage Symposium to be Held April 26

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    Junior Susana Contreras is the student organizer of the 2013 Latino Heritage Symposium.

Event will  focus on religion and spirituality within the Latina/o community

Southwestern University will host its 7th annual Latino Heritage Symposium on Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Mood-Bridwell atrium.

The symposium, which is sponsored by the student organization Latinos Unidos, will include presentations by Austin social justice advocates Velia Sanchez, María Elena Martínez, Rev. Virginia Rincon and Yvette Mendez. The four will discuss their work on education reform, immigrant rights issues, women’s rights, environmental activism and alternative approaches to religion and spirituality within Latina/o communities.

Group and community pláticas (discussions) will follow the presentations and will address topics including indigenous identity in religion, activism and spirituality, formation of religious/spiritual identity, and feminism/sexuality in religion.

“I hope that all those who attend have the opportunity to gain some understanding regarding their own place in religion and spirituality,” said student organizer Susana Contreras.

Sanchez, Martínez, Rincon and Mendez have all worked with Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology, on her research on intergenerational activism within the Chicano/a movement.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Contreras at