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2023 Schedule of Events

Key events include the Kickoff at the Latinx Student Center, the Opening Reception, El Picnic, and the Final Fiesta

Events marked with an asterisk (*) are open free of charge to current students! Please see the Ticket Information page for more details.

Friday, April 14

Misinformation in the Global South*

3–4 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Manning Pavilion

Join David Nemer, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Anthropology, for a lecture and Q&A on his current research examining the problem of online misinformation for democracies worldwide, particularly in countries in the Global South where democratic institutions remain in a beleaguered state. Nemer is an ethnographer with fieldwork experience in Havana, Cuba, Guadalajara, Mexico, the favelas of Vitória, Brazil, and in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky. He is the author of Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the Digital Mundane in Favelas of Brazil (Forthcoming, MIT Press) and Favela Digital: The Other Side of Technology (2013, GSA). Nemer has also written for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), Salon, and The Intercept.

While most research and conversation about misinformation has focused on online platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, little is known about the spread of misinformation on mobile messaging apps, such as Telegrams and WhatsApp. These apps are particularly popular in Global South countries due to the quick spread and adoption of mobile phones in the region. His research aims to expand our understanding of the motivations and infrastructures behind the creation, sharing, and consumption of misinformation on messaging apps, and to build awareness and interventions to circumvent their effects.

Hosted in partnership with the Office of Lifetime Learning

Key Event

Juntos Kick-Off: Open House at the Latinx Student Center *

4–6 p.m.
Latinx Student Center, 3rd Floor, Newcomb Hall

Come together with current students and fellow alumni for an open house at the Latinx Student Center, which opened in Newcomb Hall in 2020. Light refreshments will be provided, and representatives from student organizations will share their take on life at UVA today.

Hosted in partnership with Multicultural Student Services

Key Event

Bienvenidos: Juntos Opening Reception Hosted in Partnership With the Bolívar Network

6–8 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Ballroom Annex

Reconnect with old friends and new at the Juntos Opening Reception! Hear welcoming remarks from alumni leaders from The Bolívar Network and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages.

Hosted in partnership with the Bolívar Network

Saturday, April 15

Morning Movement

9:15–10 a.m.
Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC), MP1 (lower level)

Start your Saturday at the AFC with a fun-filled Zumba® class led by a current IM-Rec instructor. While the format is inspired by Latin dances, no prior dance (or fitness) experience is necessary to participate. Capacity is limited – spots are first come, first served.

Hosted in partnership with the IM Recreation Department.

Casa Bolívar Open House

9–11 a.m.
Casa Bolívar (1408 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903)

La Casa Bolívar invites you to join us for house tours. Come mingle with current students and learn about upcoming events hosted by the house. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted in partnership with Casa Bolívar.

Pastelitos y Café

9:30–10 a.m.
Harrison Small Special Collections Auditorium

Join the Bolívar Network and current Latinx student groups on Grounds as they hear from HOLA, Microsoft’s Latinx Employee Resource Group, about their experiences in the workforce. Coffee and pastries provided. Capacity is limited – spots are first come, first served.

Hosted in partnership with the University of Virginia Library.

Fun at the Fralin

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

Join us for a fun and family-friendly artmaking pop-up with exhibitions and related art-making activities. Drop ins are welcome; no registrations are needed.

Hosted in partnership with The Fralin Museum of Art

A Closer Look: The Bolívar Collection

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Harrison Small Special Collections Auditorium

Join us for a seminar and presentation of Simón Bolívar’s artifacts including Bolívar’s silver, manuscripts, as well as portraits of Simón Bolívar himself. These artifacts, presented by the Special Collections curators, were generously donated by Luis Fernando Bolívar – a descendant of Fernando Bolívar, Simón Bolívar’s adopted son and nephew. Additional materials related to the Latinx experience at the University of Virginia and the founding of the Bolívar Alumni Network will also be on display. Capacity is limited – spots are first come, first served.

Hosted in partnership with the University of Virginia Library.

Contemporary Latinx Artists Spotlight Tour

10:30–10:45 a.m.
11:30–11:45 a.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

Join our arts educators for a 15-minute spotlight tour highlighting contemporary Latinx artists and Mayan painted pottery.

Hosted in partnership with The Fralin Museum of Art

Key Event

El Picnic (pik-nik)!

12–1:30 p.m.
Pavilion IX Garden

Mix and mingle with your friends from all classes during this casual outdoor lunch. You’ll enjoy Al Carbón’s signature rotisserie chicken, plantains, poblano rice, horchata, and more!

In the event of inclement weather, this event will move to the Alumni Hall Ballroom, located at 211 Emmet St S. Free parking is available on site.

Reflections: The Power of Storytelling in the Latinx Community*

2–3 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room

How do we leverage our stories to create change? Join us for a brief overview of the Latinx Oral Histories Initiative at UVA, followed by a panel discussion led by Kayla Dunn (Col ’20). The panel discussion will focus on sharing and collecting the stories of Latinx community members and future implications for enacting change.

Panelists include:

  • Frank Valdez (Col ’21) — Youth Justice Program Organizer at Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville
  • Catalina Piatt-Esguerra — Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility at UVA Library

Conexiones: Student and Alumni Networking Mixer*

3–4 p.m.
Latinx Student Center, 3rd Floor, Newcomb Hall

Join fellow alumni for an informal networking session with current students. Offer advice to students and answer industry-related questions, share networking tips, and assist with job or internship searches.

Hosted in partnership with the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentorship Program, the UVA Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Services Program and the University Career Center.

Student Organization Meet-Ups & Dinner on Your Own

5–9 p.m.

Juntos is the perfect opportunity to reunite with students/alumni from your student organization. If you’re interested in hosting a dinner, mixer or meet-up and would like to add it to the schedule here, please email us at

Dine around town with your friends and fellow Wahoos! Grab a group of friends and enjoy food and drinks from local Charlottesville establishments. These restaurants are ready to welcome back alumni, and more restaurant meet-ups may be listed here in the weeks ahead!

  • Zocalo: Be sure to mention “Juntos” to try their signature event cocktail! Reservations recommended.
  • Mas: Reservations required.

Key Event

The Final Fiesta

9–11 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Terrace and Manning Pavilion (Event entry through the garden gates at the south end of Alumni Hall)

Dance the night away at the final celebration of the weekend. Enjoy lite bites, complimentary beverages, and music by DJ Ed! This event is restricted to registered alumni and guests. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. 

Note: Dancing will take place indoors and food/beverage will be served on the outdoor terrace. Please dress accordingly!

Interested in hosting an event during Juntos? Email us at to get added to the schedule!