Hija De Mi Madre (My Mother’s Daughter) – The Effects of Racism & Sexism on the Afro-Latina identity In Contemporary American Society

This presentation explores the identity of African Latinas. It is a combination of personal experience and historical precedent that shape the identity of Afro-Latinas in the United States and the Caribbean. This research entails the ethnogenesis of Afro-Latinos and the effects of phenotype and cultural institutions on identity. The focus is on the emotional and psychological experience of the Afro-Latina. The effects of colonization are seen in self-hatred that plagues people of the African Diaspora. In the Latino culture, the African component of the Latino identity is often ignored or denied by the society. The difficulty in being an Afro-Latina is further compounded by being a woman. The presentation is not only a discussion on this subject but is also a brief summary to my larger literary work.

Invited to speak at:


  • Oberlin College
  • New York University
  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University
  • DePauw University
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst


  • Afro Latino Forum “Afro-Latin@s Now!”
  • The Black Girl Project – Sisterhood Summit
  • National Latino Collegiate Conference
  • Biennial First World Diaspora Conference
  • National Dominican Student Conference
  • Family Planning Advocates Youth Conference

Video links to my work:

Presentation at Syracuse University, September 2011

Panel discussion at the National Dominican Student Conference at Cornell University, May 2011

Panel discussion at First World Diaspora Conference at SUNY New Paltz, October 2008

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