Mount Holyoke Latinx Alum Conference

The Mount Holyoke College Latinx Alum Conference is a space for MHC Latinx alums, current students and allies to collaborate, network and support one another. The conference’s mission is to inspire every attendee to be a leading presence in the space(s) they occupy, including on campus, throughout their careers, and within their communities. Speakers will address current issues facing the Latinx community, share their career trajectory and advice, and offer distinct subject matter expertise. “Bring” a friend! For questions email

Agenda for Saturday, April 17, 2021 (all times are in EDT)

11-11:15 a.m. Opening Remarks by Melissa Ibarra '12

11:15-11:20 a.m.  Zines

A letter-making activity that you can apply in any setting to assist in telling your story. Led by Rocio Ramirez '15 on behalf of Mayra Rivera '15.

11:20-11:45 a.m. Using Your Power and the Importance of Unifying Forces

Consuelo Grier FP'10 leads us in this grounding session.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Language and Identity

Professor Elena García Frazier of the Spanish, and Latina/o, Latin American Studies Department facilitates a discussion on language and identity. Breakout rooms will be utilized for conversation among attendees.

12:45-1:15 p.m. Break

There will be breakout rooms available to engage with alums and students.

1:15-2:15 p.m. Careers in Medicine

Join Dr. Wilmina N. Landford Hudgins '08, plastic surgery physician, and Dr. Luz Vasquez '79, La Unidad co-founder and internal medicine physician, as they detail their paths to and in medicine. Submit your questions for a brief Q&A to

2:15-2:50 p.m. Words of Encouragement

Words of encouragement offered by Eliana Ortega Gonzalez MA'72.

2:50-3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks by Melissa Ibarra '12 and Rocio Ramirez '15

Agenda for Sunday, April 18, 2021 (all times are in EDT)

2-2:15 p.m. Opening Remarks by Rocio Ramirez '15 and Melissa Ibarra '12

2:15-3p.m. A Chefmama's Search for Indigeneity on the Peruvian Table

A short visual story of Krysia Lycette Villon’s '96 journey as a chef and mother, searching for indigeneity on the dinner table of her beloved Peru, until it found a home on her American one.  

3-3:45 p.m. Retirement Savings

Improve your financial literacy as Karen Vanegas '14 shares her master’s thesis on women and retirement savings. Submit your financial questions ahead of the session to

3:45-4 p.m. Break

4-4:45 p.m. - Estoof: Live Performance! 

Estefania Reyes-Bricio '15 performs Mariachi, Bossa Nova and more music representative of Latin America!

4:35-5:35 p.m. Keynote Address by Carmen Yulín Cruz

Harriet and Paul Weissman Distinguished Fellow in Leadership and former Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz speaks to her career in politics and offers advice on how to advocate for oneself and your community.

5:35-5:45 p.m. “Then and Now,” Slideshow and Closing Remarks Closing remarks to be delivered by Linda Perez '93.

Dial-In Information

Advance registration required.  

Saturday, April 17 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Conferences & Symposia

Event Topic

Diversity & Inclusion, Community

Event Audience

Students, Faculty, Alums, Staff, Graduate Students

Alumnae Association
Acessibility inquiries

This event will include an oral and visual presentation. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email or call (413-538-2652). Please make accommodation requests no later than Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

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