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Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month 2020: Panel Discussion and Keynote Julissa Calderon

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Julissa Calderon is an Afro-Latinx actress, writer, producer, and director most recently featured in Netflix's 'GENTEFIED'

Salem State University is celebrating Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month 2020 with a panel discussion and keynote by Julissa Calderon, an Afro-Latinx actress, writer, producer, and director from Miami. She can be seen playing the dynamic role of Yessika Flores, a strong-willed, heart-driven activist, in the MACRO/Netflix series "GENTEFIED." The bilingual dramedy, created by executive producers America Ferrera and Teri Weinberg, premiered to great notoriety in February 2020.

She recently appeared on the AwesomenessTV/FUSE series, "WTF Baron Davis." Prior to that, she appeared in ABC's "Revenge," starred in the ABC Diversity Showcase, and completed a two-year talent residency at Buzzfeed's Pero Like channel, where her videos garnered (conservatively) roughly 100 million views across digital platforms.

Calderon is passionate about Afro-Latino representation and challenging Latino stereotypes. Some of her videos such as “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo,” “Sammy Sosa’s skin color rant” and “How I Went from Waitress to Buzzfeed Producer” have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN Español. She also just wrapped a multi-city speaking engagement tour where she used her platform to share and celebrate her experiences as a Latinx woman. Julissa is based in Los Angeles.

Calderon was recently was featured in Oprah Magazine: “It’s Time for LatinX’s to Step Up for Black Lives Matter:”

Panel Discussion and Keynote

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 pm via Zoom 

Co-sponsored by LASO: Latin American Student Organization, LEAD: Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Register online now! For more information, please email This event is open to all Salem State community members

When 6:30pm
Nikki Pelonia

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