2022 AAPLAC Conference

Conciencia Cultural y Justicia Social

Tucson, Arizona

February 16-19, 2022

Actividades y sesiones de la conferencia


AAPLAC is deeply grateful for the partnership of the University of Arizona College of Education y la Office of Native American Initiatives in hosting this 33rd Annual Conference, February 16-19, 2022.

Except where noted otherwise, all conference sessions will take place in the Kiva Auditorium in the Student Union Memorial Center (1303 E University Blvd) on the University of Arizona campus:



*Todas las horas se muestran en el Tiempo Estándar de Montaña (MST), que está una hora por detrás de la hora de México / Tiempo Estándar Central (CST) y dos horas por detrás del Tiempo Estándar del Este (EST).

This schedule is subject to change and will be updated as needed.
Wednesday, February 16
4:00 PM MST*Keynote Address: 2022 and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
José Francisco Calí Tzay
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
United Nations Commission on Human Rights
José Francisco Calí Tzay

Mr. Calí Tzay is Maya Kaqchikel from Guatemala, with experience in defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples, both in Guatemala and at the level of the United Nations and the OAS. [Ver más]
5:30-7:00 PM MST*Welcome Reception
Thursday, February 17
9:00-9:15 AM MST*Opening/Land Acknowledgment, Blessing
9:15-10:30 AM MST*Invited Session: The Indigenous Americas
10:30-10:45 AM MST*Break
Sponsored by the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives and Dr. Marla Franco, Assistant Vice Provost
10:45 AM-12:15 PM MST*Session 2: National Security? The Border Militarization Industry's Birth at the US Southwest Border
  • Blake Gentry (Cherokee), "Borders by Design: Neoliberal Thought on Human Autonomy"

  • Geoff Boyce, "Border Technology for Human Deprivation: The Human Cost of Migrant Survival"

  • Sam Chambers, "Termination v. Culture and Language Reproduction in Indigenous Migration"

  • Raymond Daukei (Kiowa/O’odham), "Impact of Border Militarization on O’odham Peoples"
12:15-1:45 PM MST*Lunch on your own
AAPLAC Board Executive Session
1:45-3:00 PM MST*Session 3: The Border Studies Program: Transnational Learning through a Social Justice Curriculum Grounded in the US/Mexico Borderlands
  • Geoff Boyce, Academic Director, Earlham College Border Studies Program

  • Mari Galup, Community Director

  • Kate Morgan, Director of Student Services

  • Diego Bustos, Director of Spanish Language Learning
3:00-3:15 PM MST*Coffee Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
3:15-4:30 PM MST*Session 4: Indigenous Initiatives and Decolonial Contexts
  • E.L. Diaz Cruz, "Aportes de Luna del Sur a la educación feminista decolonial"

  • Quetzalli Sotelo Schmelkes, "Indigenous Language Vitality Scenarios in the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula: The Role of the Education System and How to Imagine Collectively an Integrated Revitalization Perspective"

  • Sendy Vaughn Suazo, "Transnationalism in the Garifuna and Afrodescendiente Communities and Its Impact"

  • Hannah Palmer, "Hacia una Administración Decolonial: Reflexiones desde la gestión de programas de lenguas indígenas"

  • Deborah Colvin, "When Dreams Hit Reality: Experiences Hosting Students and Volunteers in Service Placements in Mexico and Guatemala"
4:30-4:45 PM MST*Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
4:45-5:45 PM MST*Session 5: Narrative Change and Alternate Storylines—Places, People, Language
  • Amy Bracken, "How to Cut through the Noise: Offering New Narratives about Misrepresented People and Places"

  • Dayoung Grace Lee, "Ordeals of Language and Community: Diasporic Divisions and the Use of French, Haitian Creole, and English in the Haitian Diaspora in New York"

  • Rosy Hastir, Ajoy Batta and Sukanya Das, "Disparity and Darkness in Turbulent Times: An Odyssey of the Illegal Migrant"
5:45-6:00 PM MST*Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
6:00-7:15 PM MST*Session 6: Great "IDEAS"—Grants Diversifying Study Abroad
  • Katherine Heird Villamar, TU Tigers Abroad, Towson University

  • Nadia Alvarez Mexia, Navigating Education in Borderlands Program, University of Arizona

  • Brian Jennings, The Global Scholars Program, Albright College
7:15 PM MST*Dinner and evening on your own
Friday, February 18
8:45-9:00 AM MST*Opening/Land Acknowledgment, Blessing
9:00-10:00 AM MST*Session 7: Enriching and Expanding the Intercultural Campus
  • Nadia Alvarez Mexia, Iliana Reyes, and Etta Kralovec, "The Borderlands Education Center in the UArizona: Visions and Initiatives"

  • Hortense Gerardo, "Multicultural Perspectives in Engineering Design: The Anthropology, Performance, and Technology (APT) Program"

  • Tiago Jones, Campbell Hispanic Association: Expression of Diversity and Social Awareness on Campus
10:00-10:15 AM MST*Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
10:15-11:30 AM MST*Session 8: Exploring the Context: Serving BIPOC and Migrant Students and Families
  • Tommy K. Begay (Navajo), TBA

  • Charlotte Frazier, "Identity, Interrupted: Using a Critical Lens of Racial Identity, Intersectionality, and Social Justice in the Curriculum Mapping of International Study Programs for BIPOC Students"

  • Valentín Andrés Rábago Coffey, "Las Escuelas Normales Rurales: una esperanza viva"

  • Marcelo Juica, "Undocumented Voices in Higher Education"

  • Alicia Monzalvo and Daniel Rojas Mendez, "Validación de Escala de Sensiblidad Intercultural"
11:30 AM-12:00 PM MST*Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
12:00-1:00 PM MST*Session 9: Digital Futures in Research and Study Abroad
  • Lorena Gaibor, "The Silver Lining of COVID: Developing a New Virtual Anti-Colonial Social Justice Exchange Program"

  • Amy Maynard and Sacha Mills, "University Preservice Teachers and Antiguan Professionals: A Shoulder to Shoulder  Partnership"

  • Annie Gibson, "Leading a Social Justice Redesign in the Field of Study Abroad"

  • David Comp, Jessica Oldford and Alex Markman, "Virtual-Global Collaborations: The New, Post-COVID Norm"
1:00-2:15 PM MST*Lunch on your own
2:15-3:30 PM MST*Session 10: Transnational Modalities in Human Rights, Teaching and Research
  • Lean Sweeney, Laura Aragon and University of Virginia students, "Entre Imperialismo y Utilidad: Abogando contra la violencia de genero pero desde un pais extraño—Los EEUU y Latinoamerica"

  • Seánna Howard, "University of Arizona Law Clinic Support for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"
3:30-3:45 PM MST*Break
Courtesy of the UA Office of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
3:45-4:45 PM MST*Session 11: Opportunity and Challenge in Experiential Immersion
  • Helen Ann Ortiz, "Bridging Communities through Creative Dialogue"

  • José R. Guzmán, "Living with an Indigenous Community: How Two Weeks of Service Learning Can Change a Student's Life"

  • Mandy Brookins, Angela Castañeda and Yeniela Cedeño Hechavarría, "From Service to Solidarity: Collaborating across Changing Cuba-US Relations"

  • Steven Gardner, "When US Students Only Speak English: The Challenges of Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities in Spanish-Speaking Countries for Monolingual US Students"
4:50-5:10 PM MST*AAPLAC Business Meeting
AAPLAC Conference Dinner
Location TBA
Saturday, February 19
Excursion: Indigenous Community Cultural Sites (optional)

A full and interactive day organized by the UA Office of Native Initiatives. We plan travel through gorgeous desert landscapes by bus with a guide, making frequent stops as we meet with the chair and members of the tribal council on governance and sovereignty, enjoy a prepared lunch at cultural site, and visit points of cultural, international and environmental interest. Details to come.

The fee for this optional activity is $50.

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