Cosmic Race, Rainbow People and Other Myths: Race and Racial Identity in the Latino/a Community

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Through the use of images, quotes and historical documents, the presenter will help participants explore the historical and contemporary forces that have shaped the racial construct in Latin America and the racial identity of Latinas and Latinos. The official discourse in Latin America has denied the existence of racism, while oppressing and marginalizing indigenous and African cultures and peoples. The impact of this practice has led to societies deeply divided along racial lines and individuals being unable to embrace their whole ancestry. This workshop will create a discourse of liberation for Latinos and Latinas and their allies.


Keywords: Race, Racial Identity, Latinas/os
Stream: Race and Racism
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Jorge Zeballos

Latino Community Coordinator and Anti-Racism Team member, Multicultural Education Department, Guilford College
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Jorge Zeballos is a diversity consultant with years of expertise conducting workshops, presentations and leading long-term diversity initiatives at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, international and national conferences, and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, he has sought to serve the Latino community in different capacities. He has served in various county wide taskforces and committees in NJ, and also served for several years on the advisory board of the State of NJ Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development. Mr. Zeballos was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Lima, Peru. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC, and is the Latino Community Coordinator and International Student Advisor at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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