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Tar Heel Conversations: En Español

Come practice your Spanish in a comfortable setting of the Carolina Latinx Center’s lounge. The topic of conversation varies – we may talk about current events, watch and discuss a film, or just share personal stories. This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish if it is rusty, or just speak it if you do not get the opportunity very often or even just come and listen. Faculty and staff are also invited. Monthly conversations are hosted by Dr. Cárdenas on Thursdays from 4-6pm. Light refreshments provided

Fall 2019

  • September 19
  • October 17 MONDAY, October 28
  • November 14

Dr. Virginia Cárdenas

Dr. Virginia Cárdenas grew up in Quito, Ecuador. She is a retired educator and has worked with rural and urban school districts throughout in North Carolina.

Dr. Cárdenas holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. She received her master’s degree in school administration, and her educational doctorate in school leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As an educational leader Dr. Cárdenas held many roles including being a Pre-K through 5th grade Spanish teacher, school principal, policy administrator, Director of magnet School grants, and program director for the Low Achieving schools for the NC Department of Public Administration.

Dr. Cárdenas was the first Latina teacher in Chatham County where she was selected as Chatham County Teacher of the Year. She was the first Latina principal in Wake County Public Schools. Dr. Cárdenas focused her career on creating learning communities where staff, families, communities, and students partner together to create supportive climates of academic excellence. Language acquisition has been a common thread throughout her professional and personal endeavors. Supporting school systems in the modeling and fostering of language rich environments was a primary achievement of hers. Her biggest honor has been helping students and their respective families find academic success.

In 2016 Dr. Cárdenas published her first bilingual children’s book Cuando Yo Sea Grande – When I Grow Up, a book about how children learn from family members and in turn become a teacher to younger family members and friends.

In her retirement Dr. Cárdenas plans to continue writing children’s books and helping Universities partner with School Systems to recruit high achieving first time college Latino students.


¡Baila, baila, baila!

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, The Bridge is co-hosting a dance workshop with Qué Rico! We’ll be talking history, exploring choreography, and learning some basic dance moves — you don’t want to miss this! The sign-up sheet will be out soon.

When: September 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Location: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center

Ruth Samuel & LeighAnn Bennett


Shades of Latinx 2.0

A talk on the history of race in Latin America, with a focus on the Afro-Latinx experience. Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. and UNC Afro-Latinx. 

When: September 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Location: Manning 209

Leslie Acosta Padilla


“The Loudest Place on Earth”

Caribbean soundscapes, anti-blackness, and the right to quiet discourse. ISA Faculty Lecture Series with Petal Samuel, UNC Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies. Institute for the Study of the Americas

When: September 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Location: Global Education Center 1005

Beatriz Riefkohl Muniz


How to Respond to ICE Raids in Your Community

“How to Respond to ICE Raids in your Community” training . This will be led by Comunidad Collectiva or Siembra NC. Siembra NC operates a rapid response network across I-40 that creates greater safety for our immigrant neighbors. In partnership with Siembra’s leadership teams  we’re inviting students and community members who want to participate in training to come out and support. Omega Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.

When: October 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Location: Fed Ex Conference Space, Union, or Genome 

Isabel Salas


Film Screening: Giants Don’t Exist

Guatemala, in the 80s. The worst days of the Civil war. Andrés is 9 years old. He lives with Pedro González, one of the men who massacred all the women and children in his village. Andrés has survived, but he’s scared. Pedro’s wife, María, is also scared, scared to go out, scared to lose Andrés, whom she considers as «her new son»… even Pedro is scared, scared of himself and what the Army bounds him to do. Andrés would like to run away but he also wants to stay in his new family.. until his sister appears.
Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-CH and Duke and UNC Romance Studies present as part of the PRAGDA series.

When: October 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Location: Global Education Center, Mandela Auditorium 

Beatriz Riefkohl Muniz


Know Your Rights Workshop

An event to inform the community about rights related to immigration and deportation. A safe space will be provided to have conversations revolving around the current tense political situation.
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Phi Lambda.

When: October 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Location: TBD 

Leslie Acosta Padilla


Carnaval 2019

Mi Pueblo UNC’s annual Carnaval- an outdoor festival during Hispanic Heritage Month where we embrace and showcase our heritage roots, recognizes Latinx and Hispanic contributions and to spread awareness to both the general public and the campus community, about the different cultures that make up Latin America through food, music, art & crafts, games and more!

When: October 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Location: Bell Tower Amphitheater

Keila Vasquez or Fabiola Torres


2019 Latinx 20 Under 20 Gala

Join LatinxEd for an evening of dining, dancing, and celebration as we honor Latinx scholars, dreamers, movers, and shakers ready to transform and lead their communities! 20 young Latinx leaders will be recognized as LatinxEd unveils 2019’s official 20 Under 20 List. We hope to see you there and look forward to celebrating our culture and resiliency as a community!

When: October 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Location: Blue Zone (Kenan Stadium)

Ticket Sales @

Elaine Townsend Utin


Why Central American Women Fleeing Violence Seek Asylum

The George and Ann Platt Distinguished Lecture with Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon Institute for the Study of the Americas.

When: October 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Location: Global Education Center, 1005 

Beatriz Riefkohl Muniz