Using dichos or sayings from her mother, Minerva Garcia-Sanchez walks through the development of her own identity as a Mexicana. In her talk, Minerva discusses facing a paradox as a Mexican living in the United States―experiencing, at the same time, pressure for being “too Mexican” and “not Mexican enough.”
Sharing advice given by her mother, her father’s prioritization of her formal education, and her relationship with her extended family, Minerva embraces her identity that, as her aunt puts it―”celebrates the Fourth of July with a taquiza.”
“So, what are you?”―a question Diana Palomar has faced all of her life.
“I worked with people who had little to no experience working with Mexicans,” she shares,” so I took it as an opportunity to showcase my community―let people know what a value we are to any work environment and on any team.”
Sharing her family’s story, her experiences with unlikely mentors and diverse colleagues and friends, Diana brings to life her explorations in identity, culture and professional ambition.
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“One of the tragedies of being an historian is that you know too damn much.” ―Raymond Rodriguez, co-author of “Decade of Betrayal”
In his 2015 talk, Marty Castro examines the power of rhetoric in American political discourse, going back to the earliest known recordings of anti-Mexican sentiment during the Revolutionary War. With “Little Trump” (Marty’s costumed son, Nez) joining him on stage, Marty discusses the ramifications of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and its galvanizing of right-wing white nationalist supremacist groups.
“Words matter,” he shares, and words...
Tonantzin Carmona begins her talk by sharing that checking a box on a form when she was 13 years old changed the course of her life. What followed that decision, and the influence of so many―her family, her community, her city, and her generation―have given her a sense of purpose, she shares, to “create a world that allows others to live up to their full potential.”
Using her personal story, Tonantzin highlights the narrative of the inter-generational experience of Mexicans in the United States―although Mexicans have come a long way, she challenges that Latinas are severely underrepresented...
Latinos in the the United States, the majority of whom are Mexican, represent the sixth-largest buying power on the globe. The problem, as Martin Cabrera shares in his talk, is that Mexicans remain the consumer, not the owner--creating wealth for others, not generating it for the community.
Economic power, he contends, controls the agenda: “Without creating wealth, we can’t sit at the table, and if we’re not at the table, we’re an afterthought--we’re not part of shaping policy.” In telling his family’s story, his own, and that of colleagues, Martin shares the experiences of anger,...