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Life, Young Latinos, and COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?

2021-03-30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On March 30, the day of the discussion, all who have RSVP’d will receive an email with a link and step-by-step instructions on how to join the livestream.

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the United States and the world, many are reflecting on the past year and where we go from here. It has raised questions about whose life is protected and valued by our health care system, which workers are “essential,” and how self-isolation has affected cultural, family, religious, and social life. For the diverse U.S. Latino community, the pandemic has had a pervasive and disproportionate impact with both familiar and unique challenges.

This online discussion among four young Latino leaders will explore how the pandemic has affected them personally and how it has affected Latino communities more broadly. This gathering will also explore priorities, challenges, and next steps for young Latinos as COVID-19 vaccinations increase, the pandemic decreases, and new challenges and opportunities emerge.

—Alma Caballero (SFS’13, G’15) is the regional director of McLarty Associates’ Northern Latin America practice. She has worked at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, Mitsubishi Corporations (Americas), and the Brookings Institution. She was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
—Bishop Mario Dorsonville is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration. Among his many responsibilities, Bishop Dorsonville leads the archdiocese’s Hispanic ministry. He will open the gathering.
—Brenda Noriega is the mission educator-promoter for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and serves on the International Youth Advisory Board for the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. She participated in the V Encuentro and had lunch with Pope Francis at World Youth Day in 2019.
—Sam Rocha is an author, poet, philosopher, and musician. He is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. His writing has appeared in First Things, Commonweal, America, Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Herald, and Church Life Journal.
—Adrianna Smith (C’15) is a writer, a poet, and the founder of Makar Studio LLC. She is also the founder of a tutoring, writing, and mentoring program to develop Latino youth leadership. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Kim Daniels, co-director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.

This dialogue will have closed captions. For all other accommodation requests, please email [email protected] by March 29. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

This Latino Leader Gathering is for young Latino Catholics who seek to explore the links between faith, Catholic social thought, and their lives and work and is supported by the Democracy Fund.