HiGSA Talks - 2021

The Hispanic Graduate Student Association (HiGSA) is proud to present HiGSA Talks which offers a safe and inclusive interdisciplinary space where FSU members, doing any type research and work can share their findings and/or experiences. HiGSA Talks is a solid opportunity to share ideas, and serves as a learning experience that develops our understating of the diverse global society we live and work in today. This is a unique event within FSU, open to the public, that is not done by any other SGA on campus, neither at the undergraduate or graduate level.

This was a two day event hosted on zoom:

  • Friday, April 2nd from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

*Watch the event recording here: Higsa Talks 2021


The long-term outcomes of the Talks are:

  1. To increase and promote venues for cultural, social, academic exchange at FSU
  2. To increase the academic interests of the Hispanic community of students at FSU, and on the issues related to Hispanic countries
  3. To disseminate FSU’s diverse and interdisciplinary informal academic offer.

The short-term outcomes are:

  1. Promote networks between the presenters and the undergraduate and graduate audience
  2. Encourage mentorship relations between presenters and students with shared-interests
  3. Narrow the gap between theory and practice favored by the format of the presentations (short and of easy understanding for non-experts).



April 2
3:00 - 3:15 pm Opening Remarks and Introductions
3:15 - 4:15 pm

Dr. Pamela Harris - Keynote Speaker

Partition and Juggling: A Story of Unifying Parts and Seeking Balance in Mathematics. Dr. Harris will be discussing the importance of diversity in Mathematics, particularly in promoting self-efficacy for minority students

4:15 - 4:45 pm

Savvas Sardelis

An Introduction to Thermodynamics- describing an optical theory to best compute complex Thermodynamic phenomena

4:45 - 5:05 pm

Susan Rogowski

Modeling Foreign Pathogens within a Water Distribution Network - describing water portability through a proposed Mathematics model

5:05 - 5:25 pm

Meghan Peltier

Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis - proposing a mathematical model that can help describe and predict these relationships

5:25 - 5:45 pm

Fatima Alcantara

Diversity in Outdoor Spaces: From the Mountains to Our Own Back Yards, calling for minority representation in outdoor and recreation academia

5:45 - 6:00 pm


6:00 - 6:30 pm

Eric Rubiel

An inside on activism - Social Movement in Mexico and the impact of popular culture

6:30 - 7:00 pm

Vivianne Asturizaga

La Paz Dancing Scene: Communal Encounters of Celebration - The role of dance in describing cultural values, identify formation, and belonging in Bolivia

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Christian Azturizaga - Keynote Speaker

He will be discussing the importance of diversity in musical and artistic projects


April 3
9:45 - 10:00 am Opening Remarks and Introductions
10:00 - 11:00 am

Dr. Jorge Lopez- Keynote Speaker

Cienca en el Paso del Norte - Dr. Lopez will be discussing the trajectory of Science research and efforts to make it a more inclusive field

11:00 - 11:30 am

Jennifer Batchelder

Latin(x) College Student Leadership: Meaning-Making Through Generativity as Cultural Capital - discussing the implications for leadership educators, programs, and research

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Julieth Diaz

A Seed of Change: Learning Assistants and STEM Faculty Members' Intentions to Change Teaching Practices - discussing departmental and institutional implications

12:00 - 12:15 pm

Nivia Escobar Salzar

Media Coverage of Gender: An Analysis of Sports News Websites and Instagram Accounts - discussing discrepancies in coverage of Female and Male Athletes

12:15 - 12:30 pm

Carolina Perez

Parasocial Relationships on Youtube - discussing the predictors of parasocial relationships, their formation, and cautioning of their potential effects on viewers

12:30 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:30 pm

Adriana Barahona *Spanish Presentation

DesHomogenizacion de la identidad Lesbiana queer - A literary analysis on three Latin texts, and their representation of feminine identity, gender, and how they subscribe to heteronormative concepts

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Sandra Rubio *Spanish Presentation

Literatura colombian

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Yancili Lozano - Keynote Speaker

Is there a Gender Responsive City? The Colombian Context - Dr. Lozano will be discussing the local dynamics and the different approaches towards gender equality pursued at the local level in Colombia

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