Dia de la Mujer Conference makes way through East Lansing

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By Darien Velasquez
Ingham County Chronicle

Save the date for the 22nd annual Dia de la Mujer Conference. This conference is a way to embrace and explore Latina culture and diversity. According to Assistant Coordinator Maria Serrato, one of the main goals of the conference is to break down stereotypes and encourage Latinas and women in general to overcome the restrictions and difficulty that all women face on a daily basis.

Latinas from all over the states are holding workshops and exhibits which focus on Latina empowerment through their stories and successes. There will be 20 workshops that focus on topics like health, education and self empowerment. The conference is also held to discuss concerns within the many communities that Latina women share. Not only is the Dia de la Mujer a way to appreciate other cultures but it is also a way to meet other people who value in creating a better community as a whole.

The guest speaker this year will be Maria Hinojosa. Hinojosa is an award-winning anchor and executive producer of the weekly National Public Radio show Latino USA. The radio show is dedicated to focus on Latino issues. Hinojosa is extremely active within the Latino community. Her main objective is to be the voice for the Latino community in ways that others have been silenced. Maria has been named one of the 100 most influential hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for her journalism work for CNN, NPR, and CBS.

When advertising student Tiffany Nagy was asked how she felt about this conference she said
“I feel like it’s a great way to raise awareness in the Latina community.”

The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Michigan State University Kellogg Center. There will also be hotel accommodations reserved at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

The conference is organized through the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions at Michigan State University. The office is responsible for constructing cultural social events to bring people together within the community.

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