32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Cultural Immersion: Understanding the Latinx Experience in America

Offsite Immersive Learning Experience

Day 1

Session Code: ILE-2
When: March 10, 2020
Location/Room: Offsite
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Monica Marcel, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)  |  Rebecca Parrilla, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)


This cultural immersion program takes a deep look at the complexities of being Latinx (Hispanic/Latino/a) in the United States and at the simultaneously varied and shared experiences and worldviews of America’s Latinx community.

The session explores key concepts such as the rich diversity within the Latinx community; current key issues and events impacting Latinx experience and perspectives; understanding and responding to stereotypes; and analyzing the intent versus impact of common messaging and missed opportunities for connection with the Latinx community today.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe aspects of the Latinx identity including experiences, and cultural values and behaviors
  • Identify strategies for challenging stereotypes and get more confident having courageous conversations about Latinx identities
  • Analyze messages and identify the relationship between intent and impact


About the Midtown Global Market

In the early 2000s, the City of Minneapolis was searching for a use for the long-vacant Sears building on Lake Street. Neighbors and local Latino business owners helped convince City officials that the historic building should be saved and, ultimately, reflect the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood and the entrepreneurial energy of the businesses on Lake Street. Today Midtown Global Market is a vibrant economic and cultural center where community gathers. Home to seven Latinx vendors and over 45 businesses spanning 22+ cultures, the Market provides a global experience to its visitors with an extraordinary variety of tastes, arts and crafts, and cultural experiences.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®
2211 Riverside Ave, CB 54
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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