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Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

CWU Hispanic Heritage Month

Mi Historia: The Journey of a Migrant Worker’s son to earn a PhD

Wednesday & Thursday, October 14-15, 2015, Join us in welcoming Erim Gómez, who will lead two workshops and share his personal story. You’ll be inspired!

Downloads: Season Program, poster, poster, information on Dr. Washington Garcia

October 14
Workshop: 4 - 5 p.m.
Black Hall 152

Preparing, Applying, and Funding Your Graduate Education

Erim: “This workshop would be appropriate for any student considering graduate school or planning to attend graduate school. I’ll also make a pitch about the importance of diversifying academia and the professoriate.”
Thursday, October 15 Workshop: 4 - 5 p.m.,
Black Hall 152

Introduction to Scientific Writing

Erim: “This talk will be good for any CAMP students, freshmen or sophomores, and would also benefit juniors and seniors in the sciences.”
October 15
Public Talk:
7 - 8 p.m., Science 101

Mi Historia: The Journey
of a Migrant Worker’s Son to Earn a Ph.D.

Erim: I’ll speak about my journey from special education to pursuing a doctorate. I’ll share how my farm working parents influenced my journey. I want students to know that I’ve had several failures, but I’ve used them to motivate me.”



1. October –November

Film Series.  This program is offered by CLLAS in conjunction with CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice. See attached posters (one, two) for further information.

  • Strawberry and Chocolate: Thursday, October 8, Black Hall 151, 6pm
  • Frida: Thursday, October 29th, Black Hall 151, 6pm
  • Sin nombre: Thursday, November 17th, Black Hall 151, 6pm

II. Sunday, October 11th

Music Concert—CWU Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Carlos Nuñez. CWU Concert Hall, 1:00 pm. “Carlos Nuñez world acclaimed Galician musician and multi-instrumentalist. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Carlos Nuñez. He has become Galicia’s foremost traditional music ambassador” (From CWU Music Dpt. Website). For tickets and more information visit:

III. Wednesday - Thursday, October 14th, 15th

Latino Ph. D. Candidate (2016) Erim Gómez two day program. Erim Gómez, is a prominent McNair student, PH.D. ‘S candidate in Biology. Posters and postcards are in the works.

  1. Wednesday, October 14th - Workshop for CWU students: "Preparing, Applying and Funding Your Graduate Education," Black Hall 152, 4:00—5:00pm
  2. Thursday, October 15th -  Workshop for CWU students: "Introduction to Scientific Writing," Black Hall 152, 4:00-5:00 pm.
  3. Thursday, October 15th -  Campus -wide talk: "Mi historia: The Journey of a Migrant Worker's Son to Earn a Ph.D." Science Building 101, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Mr. Gomez' s talk on his journey from his farm workers' origin to the Academia is an inspiration to our Latino students, Latino community at large, and ultimately, to our university and regional communities.

IV. Tuesday, October 20th 

Dr. Jason Dormady and Joan Cawley – Crane will give a talk on The Day of the Death. Art Dpt. Randall Hall, 5:30pm

V.  Tuesday, November 3rd 

The Day of the Death. There will be traditional installations: Altares y Ofrendas made by CWU students under the direction of Joan-Cawley Crane, instructor at CWU Art Dept. All students interested in participating in the artistic activity are welcome and should contact Joan soon!!! Fiesta at the SURC Ballroom in the evening. Dances and Altares y Ofrendas. More information later.

VI. Sunday, November 15th

Dr. Washington García Guest Piano Recital, CWU Concert Hall 4pm. Dr. García is a gifted pianist from Ecuador-USA and is a member of the Music Faculty at Texas State University. Admission is free.

VII. Thursday, November 19th

Casa Patas, World Acclaimed Flamenco Troupe from Madrid—CWU Concert Hall, 7pm.  For tickets and more information visit:

Latino/a students interested in attending the event, should contact Professor Moreno as soon as possible.

VIII. Tuesday, December 3rd

Fiesta. Day of the Death.  SURC Ballroom, 6pm.

Thanks for sharing the program with your students and colleagues; share the magic moments of cultural enrichment with your families and friends across all landscapes.

Thanks so much! [download the program]