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Keynote Speakers

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Flor Herrera-Picasso

Flor is the oldest daughter of immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico. She and her nine younger siblings were born and raised in Wilson, NC. Growing up in rural, eastern North Carolina in the nineties and early 2000’s was very difficult for her. Not having a safe space to nurture her bicultural identity forced Flor to assimilate and dilute her authentic self. She was determined to “get out” of Wilson in order to be successful and therefore knew that her only ticket out was going to college. Her secret dream was to become a fashion designer but feared that that dream was too unrealistic. She pursued a “safe” career and has a Bachelors in Business Administration from NC State University. The job market after she graduated was too gray and too corporate so she decided to pursue her Masters in Fashion and Textile Design, also from NCSU. In 2016, she moved to NYC and worked in the fashion industry for four years. She worked for luxury designers, NAEEM KHAN and Pamella Roland. One of her designs was featured on the television show, Schitt’s Creek, on an episode called “The Dress”. Flor eventually decided she would start her own brand called “Flor Morena” but the year 2020 had other plans. The pandemic brought her back home and she was overcome by the social climate around her. The 2020 elections were in full swing, the world was at a standstill because of the pandemic, and the BLM movement further heightened the sense of urgency to do something. Even though she didn’t think she was the best person for the job, she asked her sister, Elizabeth, if she would start a nonprofit organization along her side, and she said yes. Casa Azul de Wilson is their love letter to their hometown and to their younger selves. It is the first and only Latinx led and Latinx serving organization in Wilson, NC.

Herrison Chicas

I am an organizational behavior scientist who explores the psychological experiences and interpersonal dynamics of marginalized employees at work. I do this by employing various methodologies across three main research streams: 1) diversity & immigration, 2) narrative identity, and 3) intergenerational behavior.

I am a first-generation Latinx college student. I am the son of Salvadoran immigrants who taught me perseverance, and the beneficiary of mentors, counselors, and coaches who believed in me, especially when I did not.

For this reason, I strive to create community and empowerment as a member of the PhD Project, an Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., and an advisor to numerous equity initiatives.

I am a storyteller. Prior to attending graduate school, I traveled the country performing spoken words. More than a therapeutic art form, storytelling was, and continues to be, a vehicle to transmit empathy and knowledge.

I am an idealist with a daily goal to leverage my lived experience, my quantitative training, and my storytelling skill to create a more peaceful and equitable world.

Session Presenters & Speakers

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Poster Presenters

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