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Build & Broaden Conference

Build & Broaden Conference: Long-Term Impacts of Covid-19 on Latino Communities in the Tri-State Area

We are very excited to announce that MSU will be hosting a conference funded by the NSF entitled, Build & Broaden Conference:  Long-Term Impacts of Covid-19 on Latino Communities in the Tri-State Area on August 15-17, 2021.

Conference Overview

The themes of this conference include health disparities, community structures, and educational processes.

In addition to serving as a forum to present timely research on this critical topic, the conference also has the priority goal of providing a forum to intentionally connect and support faculty/scholars/researchers from HSIs with all expenses paid.

The conference will include a keynote on the first day followed by a welcome reception for presenters. Day two will feature panels of scholars from multiple disciplines along with poster sessions. The third day will include panels of scholars, policymakers, and community partners, followed by workshops.

For questions, please email: hsiconference@montclair.edu

We would love to see a strong representation of MSU researchers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. See the Call for Papers here.

This is an exhilarating opportunity to start building a network of scholars that can collaborate in research, advance knowledge, and support each other.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Katia Paz Goldfarb
Elizabeth Rivera Rodas
Stephen Ruszczyk
Nelly Lejter
Jaime Grinberg
David Schwarzer

Conference Schedule

Sunday, August 15, 2021

5:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Welcome & Introductions
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
State of the States
Moderator: Katia Paz Goldfarb, Montclair State University
Liany E. Arroyo, Director, Hartford Department of Health and Human Services
Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute at Cornell University, ILR School
Amanda Medina-Forrester, Executive Director, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, NJ Department of Health
6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Dinner & Reception

Monday, August 16, 2021

8:30 am to 9:00 am
Breakfast
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Session I: Covid & Public Health
Moderator: Jaime Grinberg, Montclair State University
Panelists: Latinx Communities, COVID-19, and Health-Promoting Assets in the Built Environments of Middlesex County, NJ: Findings from a Comparative Community Audit.
Kurt Conklin, Montclair State University
Latinx Communities are Suffering Disproportionately from COVID19 Incidence and Mortality: Comparisons Across Communities.
Stephanie A. Navarro Silvera, Montclair State University
Role of Inadequate Housing in the Spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
Kusum Mundra, Rutgers University-Newark
10:50 am to 11:05 am
Break
11:05 am to 12:55 pm
Session II: K-12 Education
Moderator: Elizabeth Rivera Rodas, Montclair State University
Panelists: Distance Learning Efforts in High Needs Schools: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Students in a Post COVID-19 Learning Ecology.
Heejung An and Geraldine Mongillo, William Paterson University
Creating a Multilingual Culturally Responsive Video-based Arts Integration and Digital Storytelling Tool for High-Needs New Jersey Urban Schools.
Heejung An, Triada Samaras, and Maria Lanni, William Paterson University
Computers Secured, Translation Still Needed: Latinx students with disabilities and technology distributions during COVID-19-related remote schooling.
María Cioè-Peña, Montclair State University
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Lunch
2:15 pm to 4:05 pm
Session III: Community & Public Health
Moderator: Stephen Ruszczyk, Montclair State University
Panelists: COVID-19 Messaging in the Spanish-speaking Community.
Pamela Valera, Rutgers University
Informal Work Amidst the Pandemic: Precarity and Resilience in NYC and Globally.
Chris Hartmann, SUNY Old Westbury; Christine Hegel, Western Connecticut State; and Owusu Boampong, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Advances in cannabis research: Future therapeutics and adjunctive treatment for COVID-19.
Emmanuel S. Onaivi, William Paterson University
Sentiment Analysis of Twitter users regarding COVID-19.
Andres Arauz, Kean University
4:05 pm to 6:00 pm
Poster Symposium

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

8:30 am to 9:00 am
Breakfast
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Session IV: Immigrant Experiences
Moderator: Stephen Ruszczyk, Montclair State University
Panelists: How Have the Pandemic and Covid Affected Immigrants?
Robert Smith, Andres Besserer, Angelo Cabrera, Daisy Flores, Eduardo Torres, and Maria Xique, Baruch College
How Have the Pandemic and Covid Affected Immigrants and Access to and Seeking of Access to Healthcare?
Robert Smith, Andres Besserer, Angelo Cabrera, Daisy Flores, Eduardo Torres, and Maria Xique, Baruch College
How Have the Pandemic and Covid Affected DACA Recipients?
Robert Smith, Andres Besserer, Angelo Cabrera, Daisy Flores, Eduardo Torres, and Maria Xique, Baruch College
IRYA Listening? The Immigrant and Refugee Youth Action Project.
Jennifer Ayala, Saint Peter’s University
10:50 am to 11:05 am
Break
11:05 am to 12:55 pm
Session V: Higher Education
Moderator: David Schwarzer, Montclair State University
Panelists: Voices of Educators: Teaching and Learning under COVID-19.
Erika Kitzmiller, Barnard College
Protective Effect of Student Satisfaction and Relationship Between COVID 19 Diagnosis and Student anxiety On Online learning.
Lydia Albuquerque, William Paterson University
First -Year Digital Stories of Liminality, Learning, and Connecting in Times of Crisis.
Mery Diaz, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
1:00 pm to 2:40 pm
Lunch & Highlight Session: Community Based Organizations Responding to the Pandemic
Moderator: Katia Paz Goldfarb, Montclair State University
Maria Lizardo, Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Sara Cullinane, Director and Co-Founder, and Nedia Morsy, Lead Organizer, Make the Road New Jersey
Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, Latino Justice
2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Closing Conversations: Latinx Research, Latinx Students, and Hispanic Serving Institutions
We Can’t Think of The Future of Work without the Future of School: Impact on Latinx Communities, Lisette Nieves, NYU Steinhardt and the Fund for the City of New York
Research Directions: Continuidad y Posibilidades, Stephanie A. Navarro Silvera and Jaime Grinberg, Montclair State University