Voices of El Salvador
Voices of El Salvador:
A Discussion on Women's Rights and Climate Change
Presented Tuesday, Mar. 23 | 5 p.m. PST
GPI, CSA Alternative Breaks, and Campus Ministry's Ignacio Companions (IC) Program hosted a discussion on the experiences and issues affecting the Salvadoran community. With roots to El Salvador through both culture and identity, panelists shared their stories and experiences of being Salvadoran. The panel answered questions about various social justice issues regarding women’s rights, climate change, immigration, asylum, and economic and political issues that continue to affect El Salvador.
Rubén Martinez, Loyola Marymount University
Francisco Mena Ugarte, CRISPAZ
Andy Barrientos, CRISPAZ
Ann Huff, GPI Undergraduate Fellow
Declan Tomlinson, GPI Undergraduate Fellow
Presented by the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University.
About Loyola Marymount University
LMU is a private Catholic university with 6,000 undergraduates, 2,200 graduate students and 1,100 law students from diverse backgrounds and many perspectives. Our seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the-nation programs in film and television, business, education and more. Our stunning campus in West Los Angeles is a sun-soaked oasis overlooking the Pacific coast and a model of sustainability. We're rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship. Our mission is grounded in a centuries-old Jesuit educational tradition that produces extraordinary men and women dedicated to service and social justice. We're proud of more than 85,000 LMU alumni whose professional achievements are matched by a deep commitment to improving the lives of others.
Rubén Martinez is a professor of English and holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University. Martinez is a Los Angeles native and son and grandson of immigrants from México and El Salvador. He is a writer, performer, and teacher. Notable work of his includes "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail," "The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country," and "The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond." Martinez is an Emmy-award-winning journalist with extensive experience in print, broadcast, and online media. He hosted and co-wrote the feature-length documentary, "When Worlds Collide," for PBS. As a musician, he has collaborated with a number of music groups.
Francisco Mena Ugarte
Francisco Mena Ugarte is the executive director of Cristianos por la Paz en El Salvador, or Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ), a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Catholic Church and the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador. He has worked in CRISPAZ since 2009. Francisco was born in San Salvador in 1974, but due to the civil war, his family had to flee El Salvador in 1982. They lived in several countries in Central America and North America, including the U.S. and Mexico. After 13 years and once the war ended, his family returned to El Salvador. Francisco studied business at Universidad Albert Einstein, has two sisters, and he and his wife Veronica live in San Salvador.
Andreina (Andy) Barrientos
Andy Barrientos serves as the Delegations Program Coordinator of Cristianos por la paz en El Salvador, or Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ), a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Catholic Church and the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador. Barrientos studies psychology at Universidad Francisco Gavidia. Prior to her job as coordinator, Barrientos taught English as a second language and hired personnel in the Human Resources department of a telecommunications center in El Salvador.
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