Actor Diane Guerrero speaks onstage during the 20th Annual National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 23, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (JC Olivera/Getty Images for National Hispanic Media Coalition)
By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications
“Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” actress Diane Guerrero will help kick off the 30th Memorial Student Center Student Conference on Latinx Affairs (MSC SCOLA) at Texas A&M University, Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom.
Guerrero, who was in 2015 named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization, will headline the three-day conference with a discussion on immigration and growing up as a citizen daughter of undocumented parents in, “A Conversation with Diane Guerrero: In the Country We Love.”
Although registration for the conference is closed, “A Conversation with Diane Guerrero: In the Country We Love” is open to the general public. Tickets are available through the MSC Box Office.
Each year, MSC SCOLA develops programs for students across Texas and the nation that highlight national and international issues impacting the Latinx community. Attendees have opportunities to attend concurrent sessions where they hear from top leaders involved in Latinx empowerment in education. Representatives from the government, academia, the media and the business sector discuss their professional expertise and concerns related to the Latinx community in the United States.
In addition to Guerrero, the lineup of speakers also includes:
- Tony Piedra, a former sets technical director at Pixar Animation Studios who now authors and illustrates children’s books.
- Felix Contreras, host of Alt.Latino, an NPR Latin alternative music and Latino culture show.
- Alicia Zertuche, a Rio Grande Valley native who joined SXSW Music in 1997 as a music festival coordinator. Each year, she shares the responsibility of selecting approximately 2,000 bands that perform at SXSW from an estimated 8,000 acts that apply.
- Esteban Castillo, a Queer Chicano and author of the award-winning food blog, “Chicano Eats.”
A full conference agenda is available on the MSC SCOLA website.
Media contact: Jamie M. Arrexi, Memorial Student Center, Division of Student Affairs 979-458-8709, firstname.lastname@example.org.