Villamaría at Maryville College is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Excelencia in Education, and the Appalachian College Association.

Villamaría at Maryville College is a new initiative aimed at improving and increasing access to Maryville College for Latino students from surrounding East Tennessee counties. The program seeks to build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, including an increase in Latino student enrollment.

Our mission: “We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community.” 

DON'T MISS THE 2nd ANNUAL

LATINO FOODWAYS FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

12:30-2:30 pm

at Maryville College (in Alumni Gym) 

 
local restaurants/vendors 
 
PRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE DIVERSE ROLES
OF FOOD IN LATIN AMERICAN LIVES

 

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Stay tuned for details about the 

MARCH 2015 VILLAMARÍA SYMPOSIUM!

 

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Thanks to all who made the 1st annual Villamaría Symposium possible!

Here's what you missed! 

The Villamaría Symposium at Maryville College:
Highlighting the Latino Communities
of East Tennessee

 
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 
LOIDA C. VELZQUEZ
LOIDA C. VELÁZQUEZ, ED. D.

Who is Latino?
Identity and Culture 

In order to be effective representatives of our culture, we need to know not only who we are but how we are seen by the mainstream culture.


Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Velázquez has been a resident of Knoxville for the last 37 years.  She is retired from the University of Tennessee where she served as Adjunct Professor, Principal Investigator and Project Director for a federally funded program serving migrant and seasonal farm workers.  She has a B.A. in Humanities degree from the University of Puerto Rico and an M. S. in Counseling and an Ed. D. in Adult Education from UTK.  Upon retirement, she founded Hispanics in Education and Training, a staff development and consulting service to organizations wanting to reach the Latino community.   She is active within the Latino and mainstream communities, serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations. 


FRANCISCO GOMEZ & DANIEL GOMEZ

25 Years of Mexican Food in Maryville 

Daniel Gomez, a 2010 graduate of Maryville College, and his father, Francisco Gomez, who owns Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Maryville, will share their perspective on the changing face of Latin American cuisine in East Tennessee.