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Día de la Mujer conference is Feb. 24th

By Claudia Annoni-Monzón,
Associate Editor of La Prensa


El Día de la Mujer (DDLM) conference—its 14th!—is one spectacular event that emerges annually as part of the community strategy to focus on Latinas’ current challenges and solutions. This year, it is schedule for Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.


According to DDLM press material, this event is where Chicanas/Latinas come together to network, celebrate successes, share information, and discuss issues of concern. DDLM is a day of workshops, exhibits, and entertainment focusing on La Mujer—the personal, professional, political, and academic aspects. It provides an opportunity to meet with others who believe in the values of community building and positive interaction.


The richness of cultural traditions of Latinas yields the importance of women in the development of the family, community, and other institutions. Hence this year DDLM’s theme is: “Madres de la Causa,” says Diana Rivera, Director of the César Chávez Collection at the MSU Library and member of Steering Committee for DDLM. “Throughout the history of our accomplishments as people, we can not overlook the importance of our Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ participation,” according to Rivera in a press release.


Highlights of the conference are Yo Soy Latina and Milagros: Made in México

YO SOY LATINA (College Edition) will be performed by Latino Flavored Productions, Inc. and is co-sponsored by the MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts. [See www.latinoflavored.com]  


Milagros: Made in México is a sixty-minute documentary photographed primarily in México. The documentary covers migrations’ impact on the Latinas of the Bajío region in Guanajuato, México. Filmmakers Martina Guzmán and Monique Velásquez examine the new economic, social, and political roles Latinas in México take on when the ‘men of the house’ cross the border in this film and work in North Carolina.


DDLM begins at 7:15 AM with registration, followed by the opening from 8:30-9:30AM and keynote by Terry Beltran-Miller, president for the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s -Detroit Chapter, followed by Workshop I (9:45-11:00AM) and Workshop II, where Yo Soy Latina will be performed (11:10AM-12:25PM).


Emily Díaz-Torres to be honored

Lunch will be from 12:30-2:00PM, where the María Zavala Award is awarded to Emily Díaz-Torres for consistently and unselfishly contributing to her community. Workshop III is from 2:15PM to
3:30PM (where the documentary Milagros: Made in México will be shown), followed by the closing and raffle from 3:45-5:00PM.


Other workshops will also be available during these three Workshop time slots.

A registration form can be downloaded from: http://www.ddlm.oresa.msu.edu, but seating may be limited. MSU students are free and non-MSU students and Seniors are $10; general admission is $25. The price includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For further info contact 517-353-7745.  


14º Conferencia “Día de la Mujer”


La Conferencia “Día de la Mujer” (DDLM) es un evento particular que se desarrolla cada año como parte de la estrategia comunitaria, que se enfoca en los cambios y soluciones para Latinas. Este año está programada para el sábado 24 de Febrero 2007 en Kellogg Center, en la Universidad Michigan State, ubicada en East Lansing, Michigan.


DDLM es “una institución para mujeres chicana/latinas que se unen para realizar contactos, celebrar sus logros, compartir información y discutir temas de inquietud”.


DDLM es un día de talleres, exhibiciones y entretenimiento, enfocado en La Mujer, en su aspecto personal, profesional, político y académico. “Lo más importante es la oportunidad de encontrarse con otras mujeres que creen en los valores de construir una comunidad con interacción positiva”.


La riqueza de la cultura y las tradiciones dentro de los Latinos da paso a la importancia de la mujer en el desarrollo de la familia, comunidad y otras instituciones. Por lo tanto, el tema de la conferencia de este año es “Madres de la Causa”, dijo Diana Rivera, Directora de la Colección Cesar Chavez de la Biblioteca de MSU y miembro Directivo del Comité de DDLM. “A lo largo de muchos de nuestros logros como personas, no podemos dejar de ver la importancia de la participación de nuestras Madres y Abuelas”, ella concluye.


“Yo soy Latina” (versión universitaria) ganadora del Premio Imagen 2005 será presentada por Latino Flavored Productions, Inc.


La inscripción puede ser obtenida en: www.ddlm.oresa.msu.edu. O pueden inscribirse a partir de las 7:15AM.


Amigas y familiares

Julio Guerrero y Yo Soy Latina performers


Cuidados de la piel

Cecilia y Sergio MALECON


Emily Diaz Torres

MSU Students


Participantes de todas las edades

Terry Beltran Miller






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