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Hispanic/Latino Symposium held April 19 at Appalachian

BOONE—¡Saludos! The first Hispanic/Latino Symposium “Building Connections” will be held April 19 at Appalachian State University.

The symposium is hosted by Appalachian@s, the university’s newly established organization of Hispanics/Latinos living in Watauga County. “Building Connections” will be a gathering for Appalachian students, faculty, staff and community members of Hispanic/Latino heritage, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the new campus organization.

The symposium features two parts – a student symposium from 1-2:30 p.m. and a faculty, staff and administrator symposium from 3-4:30 p.m.

All activities take place in Plemmons Student Union’s Rough Ridge Room on the fourth floor in the new addition. Members of the Watauga County community who are interested in supporting or networking with Appalachian@s are welcome to attend either part of the event.

The symposium will include a brief summary of the First Hispanic/Latino Forum held N.C. State University in October of 2012.

Activities will include guest speakers and opportunities for networking among Appalachian students, faculty, administrators and guests. Invited speakers include Dr. Maria Correa from N.C. State University, Dr. Nolo Martínez from UNC Greensboro, and Dr. Jose Hernández and Dr. Edelmira Segovia from UNC Wilmington.

Correa is professor of epidemiology and public health at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her veterinary science degree in Uruguay and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. Correa was part of the NSF-NCSU Advance program between 2009 and 2012 and is currently a member of the 20th cohort of the Bridges leadership program. Correa is interested in program development for Hispanic/Latino students, faculty and staff.

Martínez earned his doctorate in adult education from NCSU, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico. Martínez is an adjunct faculty at UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences.

Hernández is the associate provost and chief diversity officer for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at UNCW. Prior to 2008, he served as director of diversity and inclusion at the University of South Florida. Hernández obtained his B.A. degree in psychology and M.S. degree in counseling from Florida State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida.

Segovia is director of Centro Hispano in the UNCW’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Segovia holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UNCW, a master’s degree in romance languages/Spanish from Appalachian and a doctorate from UNCW.

For more information about Appalachian@s or the symposium, contact Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin (, Department of Chemistry, or Dr. John Ornes-Correa Craft, Department of Technology and Environmental Design (