The Seventh Annual Latino Ivy League Conference

Started at The University of Pennsylvania in 2005, the Latino Ivy League Conference (LILC) has served to advance Latino communities within the eight Ivy League Institutions--Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. The conference accomplishes this by establishing a strong network between academic institutions and students, fostering academic excellence, serving as a catalyst for the pursuit of student-identified goals, and by simultaneously upholding and challenging Latino and Latin-American culture. 

Since its commencement, one of the eight sister schools has bid for the opportunity to plan, coordinate and host this highly-esteemed conference. Moreover, every Ivy League school (including the host school) is responsible for the selection of ten (Latin@) students to serve as delegates of their respective institutions. Now in 2012, it is our honor to announce that LILC is returning to Penn, from November 9th through the 11th.  We as a delegation intend to build upon the deep-rooted and inspirational raices bestowed to us by our predecessors. Who through their work to create the LILC have shown us that truly, “we cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community [instead] our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” (Cesar Chavez)

We like to think of a conference theme as a vehicle for the conveyance of a purpose that may not seem plausible at first, but which, by the end of said conference, is attainable. As such, our theme for the Seventh Annual LILC is, Latinos and Music, represented by our title, Oye Mi Canto: Exploring Cultural Dissonance in the Ivy League. We recognize that music is more than the beats and rhythms to which we sway our bodies; it plays a prominent role in our economy, it has served to unify and empower those once enslaved, it provides a viable medium of self-expression, and it serves to catalyze political movements. That being said, with this theme we hope to achieve several goals such as, scholarly discourse, professional network and community resource expansion, the fostering of friendships, etc. But more broadly, we wish to address the cultural dissonance that is (arguably) rampant across the Latino Ivy League community: the new found complacency amongst historically, one of the most unstoppable and tireless minority groups.

One of the greatest take-aways from last year’s conference for our delegation was that, as a whole, our community felt the lack of activism on our campuses in spite of our endless resources, credentials and “Ivy League clout.” By the end of the conference, we want each delegate to be able to find an internal as well as a communal thread that can propel our institutions forward into advocacy. Seeing as music is the staple of any culture, including our own, we hope to use music—in its many varieties—to explore this in great depth and revive an old passion that transcends beyond the classroom.

-Diana, Adan y Fabi 

Itinerary 2012

FRIDAY, November 9th

  • 6:00pm - 12:00am Delegate Registration Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Latino Coalition Mixer Second Floor, Houston Hall

SATURDAY, November 10th

  • 8:00am - 8:45am Breakfast with the Vice Provost Golkin Room, Houston Hall
  • 8:45am - 9:00am Introduction David Rittenhouse Laboratories (DRL) A2
  • 9:00 am - 10:20am State of Latino and Discussion
    • 9:00am - 9:50am Break Out Discussion DRL A2, 2C4, 2C6, 2C8
    • 9:55am - 10:20am Discussion DRL A2
  • 10:20am - 10:30am Passing Time
  • 10:30am - 11:45pm Workshop 1 DRL 2C4, 2C6, 2C8
  • 11:45pm - 1:00pm Lunch University City
  • 1:05pm - 2:20pm Workshop 2 DRL 2C4, 2C6, 2C8
  • 2:25pm - 3:40pm Workshop 3 DRL 2C4, 2C6, 2C8
  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm Closing Discussion DRL A2
  • 5:00pm - 5:15pm Group Picture
  • 7:00pm - 12:00am Banquet Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
    • 8:30pm - 9:30pm Keynote
    • 9:45pm - 10:00pm Toast and Closing Remarks
  • 12:00am Social

SUNDAY, November 11th

  • 10:00am -11:30am Brunch Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall
    • 11:00 am Vote
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm Speaker
  • 12:00pm - 12:10pm Closing
  • 12:10pm - 12:20pm Farewell Performance
  • 12:20pm - 1:30pm Goodbyes

Meet the Penn Heads

Diana Estefanía Estrada Álamo

Diana is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biological Anthropology with a minor in Fine Arts. She was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and was raised in Seattle, Washington. On campus, her involvement outside of being a Co-Head Delegate for the LILC includes, standing for two years as the Co-chair of Queer People of Color, serving on Penn's Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina's Advisory Board as the Chair of North Philadelphia Community Outreach, is a proud Sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated and is the Bold and Exquisite Beta Epsilon Chapter's Alumni Liaison & Historian Chair. Is a Co-Founder of the Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team in Seattle. Last but certainly not least, she is an active member of the Pennsylvania College Achievement Program, UPenn FACE AIDS chapter and the Undergraduate Anthropology Society.

She is very passionate about social justice and the study of infectious disease--in particular, retroviruses like Tuberculosis. The former of these two is what propelled Diana into running for the position of Penn's 2012 Co-Head Delegate. Her vision is to inspire people of color in the Ivy League to be more involved in global affairs and to become social advocates to their respective capacities. She is well aware that given her circumstances and the demographic she comes from as a low-income, woman of color she could have easily became a social statistic. But instead, she has the opportunity to be studying on a full-academic ride at one of the top institutions in the nation. To pay it forward, she strives to serve as a role model and resource for her peers and younger generations in their own struggle and success in this socially (un)just world.  

Top three Spanish songs: Bendita Tu Luz by Maná, Amor Prohibido by Selena, and Magdalenha by Sergio Mendes

Adán Aries Juárez Cordova

Adan is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economy with a concentration in Public Policy and Governance and a minor in Linguistics. He is from Orange County, California growing up just two streets over from Disneyland. At Penn, Adan has devoted himself to expanding the influence of the Latino Community. He works hard as the Social Media Chair for MEChA de Penn, the Layout Editor of La Vida Magazine (Penn's only Latino Publicaiton), and Chair of the La Casa Latina: Center for Hispanic Excellence Advisory Board. His love for politics has driven him to be Penn Political Review Magazine's Feature Designer as well as work as a Congressional Intern for a Latina Congresswoman. His work transcends beyond Penn's campus into West Philadelphia in the form of mentoring. He tutors a 3rd grader in reading and mathematics as part of the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and teaches Spanish to a class of 2nd graders.

It is his passion to mold minds and empower others that has driven Adan to assume the position as the Co-Head Penn Delegate. He hopes that delegates walk away from the conference with a new sense of responsibility to lead a social change campaign. While the delegates should be proud of all their accomplishments thus far, it is by no means any reason to sit back and relax. Adan hopes sharing each other's experience will compel all to fight for more resources on their respective campuses especially in the admissions realm so that others can also benefit from an Ivy League education.  

Top three Spanish songs: Su Veneno by Aventura,  Devuelveme a Mi Chica by Los Hombre G, and El Afortunado by Los Titanes de Durango     

Fabriana Larancuent

Fabriana Larancuent is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Communication and minoring in French. She was born and raised in New York City in a predominantly Dominican neighborhood. Aside from being a CoHead Delegate for the 2012 Latino Ivy League Conference, Fabi is the president of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated Beta Epsilon Chapter, the Vice Chair of Programming for the Multicultural Greek Council, CoChair for the Calabash Committee -- a banquet that brings together groups of Caribbean and African diaspora, a member of CityStep -- a community service organization that teaches hip hop dance to middle schoolers in West Philadelphia, and last, but definitely not least she is the Latino Coalition Liaison for Grupo Quisqueyano, the Dominican Student Association at Penn. 

If Fabi is not running to a meeting, you can find her at La Casa hanging out with other students or working in the library. Her favorite activities include instagramming, tweeting, facebooking (basically any type of social media), shopping, and talking with her friends. She hopes to work in the marketing field after she graduates from college, but her dream is to travel around the world before the age of 50. 

Top three spanish songs: Es Un Secreto by Plan B, El Farolito by Juan Luis Guerra, and Por Un Segundo by Aventura. 

Meet Our Speakers

Tony Plana

Tony Plana was educated at Loyola-Marymount University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree through the Honors Program in Literature and Theater Arts, graduating magna cum laude. He received his professional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.

Plana recently starred for four seasons as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera’s Ugly Betty, in ABC’s landmark, groundbreaking hit series for which he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, an Imagen Award, and an Alma Award.

As an actor Plana has starred in more than 60 feature films, including JFK, Nixon, Salvador, An Officer and a Gentleman, Lone Star, Three Amigos, Born in East L.A., El Norte, 187, Primal Fear, Romero, One Good Cop, Havana, The Rookie, Silver Strand and Picking Up the Pieces with Woody Allen. On television he has starred in the Showtime Original Miniseries, Fidel, as the notorious Cuban dictator, Batista, as well as Showtime’s Noriega: God’s Favorite.

Plana is the co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of the EastLA Classic Theatre (ECT), a group comprised of multicultural, classically trained theatre professionals.  For the past 20 years, the EastLA Classic Theatre has been dedicated to serving economically challenged communities through educational outreach programs for primary and secondary schools.

Through the EastLA Classic Theatre, Plana has challenged the boundaries of teaching and learning language through an innovative approach called Language in Play (LIP). Working directly with language arts teachers, LIP utilizes the performing arts to impact literacy skills in academically at risk and bi-lingual students. Evolved collaboratively with educators over the last fifteen years, ECT’s unique process of ‘personalizing’ language, through student playwrighting and playacting based on autobiographical experience, has proven more effective in achieving academic advancement and personal growth than established, traditional methods. It has consistently improved students’ reading, writing and speaking skills resulting in higher attendance and lower drop-out rates, increased class participation and homework completion, as well as achieved better test scores, strengthened self-confidence and provided an engaging and meaningful school experience. 

                                      Pablo Batista
Pablo Batista, a graduate of the Temple University class of 1985, has been a percussionist for over 31 years. In 2000, Pablo was the recipient of the distinguished Pew Fellowship Award in Folk Art. He also toured and recorded with the late Grover Washington, Jr., from 1985 until Grover’s passing in 1999.

He has toured with five time Grammy recipient, Alicia Keys and performed with her live at the 2002 Grammy Awards.

He has been teaching percussion for the Latin American Music Association (AMLA) for over 15 years and has performed and recorded with such artist as: Bono, Jeffrey Osborne, Phyliss Hyman, George Howard, Diane Reeves, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo Conjunto Libre, Philadelphia Orchestra, Musiq, Norman Brown’s 2003 Grammy award winning, Just Chillin album. Pablo has been a Latin Percussion endorser and clinician since 1985.

In 1954 the Batista’s moved to Bethlehem, PA with a family of 4 children, 3 daughters and their youngest son Pablo. At the age of 9 Pablo started studying hand drums with master percussionist Miguel Candia. From there he learned the styles of popular and Afro-Caribbean music, with a specific interest in Salsa. After graduating Bethlehem Catholic High School in 1981 Pablo went on to attend Temple University and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts. Pablo started teaching Afro-Caribbean percussion at The Association of Latin American Musicians (AMLA).

Meet the Workshop Leaders

Michael Reyes

For more than 12 years Michael Reyes, has brought innovative and engaging performance to audiences across America and internationally! Reyes is a Chicano /Mexicano poet, emcee, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer (specializing in youth development). 

His combination of hip-hop, poetry and spoken word create a unique blend, where his narratives are infused into a rhythmically crowd pleasing performance. As a hip hop artist his work is a synthesis of radical soul, raw lyrical hip-hop, fresh beats and poetic style.

A leading voice in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, raw hip-hop and inspiring poems, to reach youth and elders alike. His work challenges and confronts the many social ills faced by communities of color.

He has shared the stage nationally and internationally with many poets, artists and activists such as historical figures: Lolita Lebrón and Delores Huerta; poets: Tato Laviera, Pedro Pietri and La Bruja;  and musical artists such as: Roy Brown, Dead Prez, Boca Floja, Siete Nueve, and Grammy Award winner Malik Yusef.

As a poet and an artist he has been featured on HBO Latino’s Habla Series, nationally on Latin Nation and the PBS documentary Dream Makers. He has released three novels of poetry and three performance CDs. His work has also been featured nationally in many magazines, anthologies and newspapers. Reyes has additionally worked with established institutions including: Chicago Public Radio, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Museum Of Contemporary Art and the Poetry Center of Chicago.

As an actor, his credits include roles in Miguel Piñero’s famed play, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, Urban Poet, Why Are U Running? Chicago Boricua, Public Theater’s 365 Project written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and the feature film Nothing Like the Holidays starring John Leguizamo and Debra Messing.He has worked directly with famed NuYorican poet Tato Laveria on three productions titled The Spark, Chupacabera and the 1977 Division Street Riots; as part of his work with Laveria, 
Reyes has served, both as an actor and a director.

Currently Reyes is touring the country with his play Crime Against Humanity, co-wrote by former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Luis Rosa. Multitalented Reyes has played the role of actor, writer and director for the play. Crime Against Humanity has received tremendous community support and has completed several tours in the past year. He is also touring with his latest mixtape titled My Word Is My Weapon taking him as far as Spain 

Glenn Holtzman

Glenn Holtzman is a philospher, social scientist, composer and performer in the discipline of Music. Glenn is currently and Adjunct Professor completing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and will graduate as an Assistant Professor in May 2013.  To date he has been conducting research on the "Coloured" community of Cape Town, South Africa. In his doctoral dissertation titled: "Coloureds Performing Queer, or Queer Coloureds Performing?: Asserting Belonging Through Queer Behavior in Cape Town, South Africa"Glenn is concerned with the Psychological Basis of Behavior that he argues is induced by music within this mixed race community. His claim is that music is functioning as mental medicine within the psyche of socially and sexually "Queer" communities across the globe, and seeks to engage theories and discourses in Psychomusicology and Mixed Race Studies. Glenn's scholarship has been advanced by Grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, The Social Science Research Council and the School of Arts and Sciences here at Penn. He is also the recipient of the School of Arts & Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching and has won prizes for Competitive Ballroom and Latin American Dancing as well as music composition. Some of his intellectual interests include the "Social Psychology of Music", the Study of the Socialized Body and Musical Gestures, Sexuality and Post-Colonial Identity across the world. In his workshop for this conference, he will be using a framework of kinesthetia - feeling the body move -  and together, we will examine the impact of social conditioning on the Latino body, consciousness of self and society, and how youth cultures in this community continue to invent surprising new ways of using music to alter the inscribed stereotypes they are called on to perform by society at large.

Grupo Quisqueyano

Grupo Quisqueyano (Dominican Student Association) was established for the purpose of serving the interest of the Dominican population at the University of Pennsylvania uniting Dominican students and those interested in the Dominican culture. We promote Dominican heritage and culture through the sponsoring of informative and social events. 

Registration Location

Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room on the 2nd Floor 6:00pm to 12:00am
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How to Get to Penn

By Car 
From the Northeast via the New Jersey Turnpike South
Use Exit 4. Bear right out of the toll following signs to Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Bridge. After crossing the bridge take I-676 West, to I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks, then turn left onto 34th Street. Campus lies between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

From the North via I-95 South
Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit. Follow signs to I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway. Take I-676 West until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks, then turn left onto 34th Street. Campus lies between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

From the South via I-95 North
Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit which is approximately 7 miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway, until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks, then turn left onto 34th Street. Campus lies between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

By Train or Bus (30th Street Station)
Intercity rail service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is provided by Amtrak

Intercity bus service is provided by MegaBus and Bolt Bus to 30th Street Station as well or alternatively, through Greyhound and Trailways bus lines to the terminal at 1001 Filbert Street.

The campus can be reached from 30th Street Station by cab, on SEPTA's Green Line (to either 36th and Sansom Streets or 37th and Spruce Streets) or the Market-Frankford Blue Line (to 34th and Market Streets), or by foot; 30th Street Station is a 15-minute walk from the heart of campus. (If using Greyhound or Trailways, the campus can be reached via SEPTA's Green Line or Market-Frankford Line as well, to the aforementioned street intersections.)
SEPTA is Philadelphia's mass transit system, operating a coordinated system of bus, subway, elevated train, and trolley lines that covers all of Philadelphia. Exact change ($2.00) or a token is required each way. Tokens are available at all subway stations.