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LHM: “Capturing the Latina Experience Through Film and Photography”

October 15 : 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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Join the virtual discussion facilitated by photographer Karen Arango and Executive Director of Con mi madre Dr. Johanna Moya Fábregas!

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Karen Arango will present her recent photography work titled, Miss Behave, along with her recent short film that was shown at the Sarasota Film Festival titled, Families Together. She will be in discussion with Dr. Johanna Moya-Fábregas who is the Executive Director of a Non for Profit organization call Con mi madre, that seeks to empower latinx families “through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education”.


Karen Arango, originally from Colombia, is a Sarasota-based freelance photojournalist and filmmaker who has been commissioned by local and national magazines, non-profits, and companies like the San Francisco Chronicle, Sarasota Magazine, GoFundMe, and Manatee Community Foundation. Karen earned her photography education from Ringling College of Art and Design and the International Center of Photography. She is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her passion for documenting real stories started since the first day Karen grabbed a camera. She is mainly interested in adopting her visual skills to positively impact her community and beyond.

Dr. Johanna Moya Fábregas received her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in History at Indiana University-Bloomington. The role of Executive Director at Con Mi MADRE brings together Dr. Moya Fábregas’ background and personal mission of empowering Latina students and their families by breaking down barriers to success. Her professional experience is anchored education, leadership, and mentoring. She has been a professor, editor, project manager, and consultant.

Education is one of the biggest values in her family, who moved to the United States in search of opportunities for their daughter. She has significant experience teaching and working with first-generation college students in many capacities: student, leader, mentor, and educator. An immigrant herself, Johanna came to the United States at the age of 14 after living in four Latin American countries, and her parents became the biggest advocates for her advanced education. She personally identifies with Con Mi MADRE’s mission because she has lived it.



Support for this event was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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