We are excited to announce that SPOHP will be hosting the visit of Chicano slam poet Matt Sedillo during which he will be hosting two public programs on Tuesday March 28th. The first event will be a brown bag lunch with Matt Sedillo in Pugh 210 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM. The second event will be a poetry workshop held on the same day at HLA in the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (MCDA) on the second floor of the Reitz Union from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Sedillo’s style of workshop operates using a multi prompt structure that is as versatile as it is dynamic. His workshop will address the theme of Black and Latinx solidarity. He will ask students to answer in stanzas a series of simple but pointed questions that illuminate the content of their lives or their knowledge of grand historical sweep or their summer vacation.

Matt Sedillo is a two-time national slam poet Grand Slam Champion of the Damn Slam (Los Angeles, 2011) and author of For What I Might do Tomorrow published by Casa de Poesia in 2010. Born in El Sereno, California in 1981, Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing – a fearless, challenging and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory – is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is in turn a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Matt Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.​

Free parking is available in the parking garage of the Reitz Union after 4:30PM.

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This first episode of the Safe Spaces series spring-boards off of the controversial acceptance letter sent out this year to incoming students of the University of Chicago, and it follows a racially charged and abnormally divisive presidential election. It explores what a safe space means to different students and faculty at the University of Florida and what influences them to create those spaces on campus. We will be examining what it took to put institutes such as IBC and La Casita in place as well as the significance of Ethnic Studies programs for students of all walks of life.

This episode contains royalty-free music created by Bensound, Lee Rosevere, Arsonist and Kevin Hartnell.


Gainesville, FL–On April 16, 2016, the first Hispanic-Latinx Student Union Conference at the University of Florida welcomed Dolores Huerta as their keynote speaker. The conference, “Juntos Logramos Más: Together We Conquer,” highlighted Huerta’s work in a public event at the Latin American and Caribbean Collection Library, where Dr. Paul Ortiz acted as the moderator.

In the interview, Dolores Huerta discussed her activism involving labor disputes, feminist protests, and other past organizing events. She encouraged students listening to learn about social awareness and civic engagement, and learn from her experiences. When asked about the connection of present-day activist work with different social, political, and economic movements, Huerta commented, “I think that if you think of the overall connection to all of these causes, it’s really simple. It’s called human rights.”
Huerta’s interview is archived as part of the larger Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP) at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Founded in 2014, LDAP is an award-winning archive of over one hundred oral histories dedicated to creating space for Latina/os to share their historical experiences related to identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education, and civil rights.

The Dolores Huerta recording highlights intersectionalities of labor history and women’s history in LDAP archive, and is available to stream in its entirety online the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s Youtube channel. To watch, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHPhHJ6CzB0
Each semester, LDAP conducts new oral histories related to Latinos in the Global South on themes including identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education and civil rights. Major topics of focus include immigration history in the Americas, “Nuestras Historias” with Hispanic-Latino UF alumni, and the Tucson Ethnic Studies program. To learn more about the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, visit the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program online: http://oral.history.ufl.edu.


May 31, 2016