Preliminary Program for Graduate Student Conference-April 25

Hello all,

Thank you for your submissions.

Attached is the preliminary program for our conference in April.

Check it out: Conference Program (2)


Conference Keynote Speaker-Carlos Marentes

I am happy to announce the keynote speaker for the upcoming LACS Graduate Student Conference:

Carlos Marentes

Executive Director and Founder of Sin Fronteras Organizing Project since 1983, a coalition building organization connecting groups across the border region

Founder and Director of the Border Agricultural Workers Center/Centro de Los Trabajadores Agricolas Fronerizos in El Paso, an organization to assist farm workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in the fields of Southern New Mexico.

Co-coordinator for Via Campesina North America

Travel Grants and Information

Travel Grants 

Travel grants for a select number of graduate students, preferably PhD student, will be available.  In your conference submission please include a short description (1 paragraph) of how your participation in this conference would benefit your professional development and contribute to understandings of the conference theme and questions. Please indicate how much you are requesting and how the funds would be used.

Travel Information (transportation, hotels, etc.) 

Hotels- Please see:

There are also options for hostels, bed and breakfasts and other temporary housing for travelers in Albany.

To Main Campus:

Driving-Interstate 87, from the north and south, and Interstate 90, from the east and west, go through Albany. I-90 has an exit (Exit 2) in front of the main entrance to campus

Bus- Greyhound and Adirondack Trailways have service to Downtown Albany and buses to the main campus

Airplane- Albany International Airport is about 15 minutes driving from campus. There are cabs available at the airport to go to campus

Rail- Amtrak has service in Rensselaer on the other side of the Hudson River. Cabs are available at the station to make the 20-25 minute drive to campus.


Welcome to the LACS Graduate Student webpage.  Here you will find entries from graduate students in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at UAlbany about events, programs, and other information.  This will also be the source of information for our Graduate Student Conference; including information on travel grants, lodging, transportation, and more (this info is forthcoming).  Please explore this page and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at

Graduate Students in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany