October 10 and 11 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Learn about cultures from around the world with a special focus this year on Latino Culture!
South Central College Conference Center
1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato
The 2018 Global Connections Conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about global topics and a wide variety of cultures from around the world. This year’s culture of focus is Latino, which will be highlighted in events throughout the conference.
Conference registration is free and includes:
- Keynote Speakers
- Breakout Sessions
- Global Vendors
Wednesday, October 10 at 9 am
Annastacial Belladonna-Carera - Participatory Democracy and Race Relations
Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera is the Executive Director for Common Cause Minnesota. Annastacia provides Common Cause MN leadership in identifying and developing equity-based strategic grassroots alliances to achieve collective democracy-based outcomes and reforms. Annastacia previously worked as Legislative Director for the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA), a state agency that advises and informs the governor’s office, legislative branch and community stakeholders on matters of importance to Latino Minnesotans. She was responsible for developing legislative strategy and mapping out action items for MCLA to infuse the Latino lens and voice into the policy-making arena at all levels of government in Minnesota. Prior to joining MCLA, Annastacia held various leadership roles within local, state and federal government. She’s worked closely with diverse Minnesota communities, partners and stakeholders in her roles as Assistant to the Director for the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights, Interim Executive Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Minneapolis Area Office and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights to name a few. Annastacia is focused on advancing intergenerational socio-economic equity for all Minnesotans caged by a democracy ailed with a lack of transparency, and swelling of dark money, meant to make government work for the very few while advancing restrictive voting laws to marginalize the poor, the geographically isolated and most vulnerable Minnesotan. She holds a Juris Doctorate with a concentration on constitutional law and civil rights litigation and from William Mitchel College of Law.
Thursday, October 11 at 9:00 am
Antonio Gomez - Running Out of DACA
This motivating presentation will provide a deeper understanding of the “Dreamers” impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, through the eyes of one DACA participant. Antonio Gomez was 5 years old when he was smuggled into the United States. He grew up in Le Sueur, MN and for many years faced the fear of deportation. It was not until 2012, through a policy called DACA enacted by the Obama administration, that some of the fear lifted. Although the policy alleviated some of the distress Gomez and thousands of others like him felt around the country, it continues to be a temporary fix. Learn how through perseverance and hard work, Gomez was able to overcome the many obstacles that young undocumented immigrants face. From attaining degrees at South Central College and Gustavus Adolphus College to moving through several positions at Taylor Corporation and United Health Group and finally becoming a Senior Analyst. He recounts memorable moments in his life that help shapehim and other “Dreamers.”. They are our neighbors, friends, students, co-workers who like Gomez aspire to one day be fully accepted and recognized as citizens of the only country they know as home, the United States of America.
Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00 pm
Tropicante Latin Quartet
Latin quartet "Tropicante" is synonymous with liveliness and joy! Lead singers Karin Stein (Colombian) and Ed East (Panamanian) will keep you energized for hours with the sound of popular Latin beats. Tropicante will have you dancing and clapping to the Colombian cumbia, the Dominican merengue, the Brazilian samba and more. Karin and Ed, together with their first-rate drummer and bass player, make musical magic happen on stage that is appealing to all ages. Tropicante has traveled nationally and internationally and featured on a variety of TV shows.
Tropicante’s concerts are sprinkled with anecdotes and humor, which will make you remember these charismatic and talented Latin musicians for years to come. www.tropicantemusic.com
Thursday, October 11 at 1:00 pm
Under the direction of Susana di Palma, the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre Company presents a concert of traditional flamenco dance and music that brings intense, expressive and rhythmic excitement to the stage as only flamenco can.
Susana di Palma founded Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in 1982. They are one of the few American Spanish dance companies that present both traditional flamenco programs as well as original theater flamenco works. The company is comprised of an ensemble of international artists, dancers and musicians who are renowned for bringing the power, passion and virtuosity of the art of flamenco to American audiences.
Ethnic Meal Buffet - $8
October 10 and 11 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm