Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a DC-based, national nonprofit, well-known for its vast network of community based partners that work together to create trustworthy support systems that promote community action.
Her interest in innovative community engagement practices that build sustainable connections that lead to protecting health, culture, natural resources and community spans her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector.
Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
Areas of Expertise: Latino culture, environment, and issues related to Latinos and financial literacy, health and education
Rwany Sibaja (C-Bah-Ha) teaches modern Latin American history at Appalachian State University. The focus of his research centers on the impact and role of fútbol (soccer) on popular culture in mid-twentieth century Argentina, with a focus on the impact of fútbol on the formation and re-imagination of collective identities.
Sibaja is also the director of history at Appalachian State. His work has appeared in the journal Soccer & Society, the four-volume Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice, and on Teachinghistory.org.
Assistant Professor of History and Director of History/Social Studies Education at Appalachian State University
Areas of Expertise: Soccer, 20th-century Argentina, Popular Culture, Social Studies Education
Ana Lopez is the Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and an Associate Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She has worked extensively with Latino cultural production in the U.S. Her work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals.Her scholarship and publications are focused on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture.
As director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, she oversees the Summer in Cuba program, the Summer in the Dominican Republic program, and academic and cultural programming aimed at promoting a true Cuban and Caribbean presence on Tulane’s campus.
Professor at Tulane Stone Center of Latin American Studies
Areas of Expertise: Latin America, Mass Communication, Latin American Film, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture
Location: New Orleans, LA
Tulane’s PR for Dr. Lopez’s department: Valerie J McGinley, Office (504) 865-5164, Cell (504) 717-9775.
Laura Martinez, a Mexico City native, is a journalist and editor with over 20 years of experience specializing in Spanish-language marketing, media and advertising. She is a contributing editor at Multichannel News, a reporter for Portada and a New York City correspondent for EMMY Magazine. She is also the founder of Mi Blog es tu Blog, a daily blog on Hispanic media, marketing and pop culture.
Martinez has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and the United States. She was behind the creation and launch of groundbreaking media properties, including Nielsen’s Marketing y Medios magazine, an English-language trade publication devoted to explaining the Hispanic market to a non-Spanish speaking audience of executives and marketers, and the Spanish-language weekly edition of The Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Tell Me More’s Programming Battle Lands Univision In Court and on Morning Edition’s ‘Sábado Gigante’ Celebrates 50 With Lots Of Variety.
Journalist, Contributing Editor at Multichannel News
Areas of Expertise: Hispanic-Targeted Media, Hispanic Marketing, Hispanics in the U.S., Latin American Pop Culture, Immigration, Social Media Trends Among Latinos