The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute's virtual series, "Café con Joes" welcomes diverse and dynamic speakers every month at 5 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. The series aims to keep Unanue Scholars and Seton Hall community engaged and connected to prominent Latino professionals. The series covers various topics, ranging from arts, health, sciences and business to philanthropy, communications, and professional development.
In previous years, the Latino Institute has hosted numerous Café con Joes sessions, including its spring semester virtual series. The upcoming fall semester series will tackle open and honest discussions around the COVID-19 pandemic, the education landscape, and mainstream media portrayals of Latinos. The executive director says "Now more than ever our students need to feel empowered and educated in the very real issues affecting the Latino community. The spring virtual series was met with positive feedback from students who participated, and we will continue serving as the bridge between students and Latino professionals."
Fall 2020 Café con Joes Schedule:
- Date -September 14 at 5 p.m.
- Title - The Ethics of COVID-19
- Summary - The September edition will feature Dr. Bryan Pilkington, associate professor at School of Health and Medical Sciences, who will lead a discussion to explore the various ethical questions and concerns raised during the pandemic such as "how did healthcare professionals decide who would receive a respirator at the height of the pandemic?" To attend, please click here.
- Date - October 7 at 5 p.m.
- Title - Understanding and Supporting Latino/a/x Students in Higher Education
- Summary - The October edition will feature Dr. Omayra Arocho, associate dean, College Engagement and Community Development, College of Education and Human Services. She will lead a discussion that will explore Latino/a cultural values, challenges in higher education and how we as a community can support students who identify as Hispanic or Latino/a/x. To attend, please click here.
- Date - November 4 at 5 p.m.
- Title - Portrayals of Latinos in Mainstream Media
- Summary - The November edition will feature Angela Kariotis who is an Instructor of Communications and a future aesthetics performance artist writing about race, ethnicity, and class in America. She will be leading a discussion on Portrayals of Latinos in Mainstream Media. Stereotypes are present even in the most popular films. Groups of people are often misrepresented in a way that is entertaining, but not necessarily truthful. How have Latinos been represented in the mainstream media and what needs to change? To attend, please click here.
These series are open to all the entire Seton Hall University community.