Symposium celebrates Latino contributions

Zachary Hernandez, a Mellon May Undergraduate Fellow in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, explains his research on “Navigating Public Transportation in Bogota, Colombia” during the Association of Latin American Students’ annual symposium on Latino contributions, held Feb. 20 in Danforth University Center’s Tisch Commons. The Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program co-sponsored the event, titled ”Puzzling Over the Latino Piece: The 8th Annual Latino Research Symposium.” On display were 15 submissions ranging from artwork to research projects related to Latino and Latin American culture and society by WUSTL students. A panel discussion examining the complexities of Latino identity in the United States also was held. William G. Acree Jr., PhD, assistant professor of Spanish in Arts & Sciences, moderated the discussion, which included faculty from Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.