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Building Community in a Time of Crisis

Rebounding from COVID Feb 24 @ LA Casita


Engaging Urban Communities: Rebounding from COVID-19 and the New Normal will be the focus of discussion at La Casita Cultural Center on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

This event will be held in-person at La Casita, located at 109 Otisco St., Syracuse NY 13204, and via Zoom. A group of panelists to lead the discussion will include Syracuse University faculty, students, and community partners from across the City of Syracuse.

Admission is free and open to the public. Use of masks will be required for in-person attendees.

Virtual attendees must register online through this link:

As we all try to regain some normalcy past COVID-19 related lockdowns, isolation and loss, engagement with and support for largely marginalized
urban communities has presented vast challenges. This dialogue will focus on the many roles of community-based programs, and the new challenges impacting community building and participation.

A cohort of panelists will reflect on the experiences, inadequacies, and successes of various community engagement initiatives as programs
reopened to the public.

The panel will be moderated by Tere Paniagua, Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at Syracuse University.

Panelists will include:
Bea González, community organizer and former VP, Community Engagement at SU
Brice Nordquist, Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement at SU
Lizmarie Montemayor, Engaged Humanities Undergraduate Research Assistant
Elisa Morales, Executive Director of the Spanish Action League
Zakery Muñoz, PhD Candidate, Writing & Rhetoric
Zachary Pearson, MSW candidate, School of Social Work, SU
María Emma Ticio, Associate Professor and Chair, Spanish & Linguistics, SU
Fanny Villarreal, Executive Director, YWCA

For accessibility requests, to RSVP or for any questions, contact La Casita at or by calling (315)443-2151.

This Program is part of the spring 2022 Syracuse Symposium program on Conventions, with support from the Syracuse University Humanities Center.

For more information about this program and about La Casita, please contact
Bennie Guzman at La Casita via phone: 315-443-2151 or email:

Event details and online registration link also available through La Casita’s Facebook page:


Engaging Urban Communities: Rebounding from COVID-19 and the New Normal