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Aspen Public Radio is proud to present select lectures and speakers from area events and conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Wilderness Workshop, Hurst Community Initiative, Aspen Words, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Center for Physics, Equity Speaker Series, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Equity Speaker Series: Dr. Adriana Alvarez


This event was recorded on July 26, 2022 at The Arts Center at Willits (TACAW) as part of the Equity Speaker Series, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

In Dr. Adriana Alverez’s presentation, titled “Cultivating Equity, Trust and Belonging: Latinx Families’ Experiences of Trust and Distrust in Schools,” she shares her own experiences growing up bilingual and teaching in a bilingual environment, along with sharing findings from a research study that examined the experiences of families from immigrant backgrounds in Roaring Fork Valley schools.

Through the personal narratives (testimonios) of one family, told through artistic visual representations, the audience is invited to step into deeper understanding of how schools can cultivate trust and a sense of belonging.

MANAUS and TACAW are proud to continue the Equity Speaker Series with this talk. The objective of the Series is to provide the entire community with access to experts in the realm of equity and anti-racism. We hope to make equity a daily conversation through compelling speakers and their stories.

This series is an initiative of MANAUS’ Equity Action Project, a 7-week anti-racism and race equity and inclusion training, aimed to forge a region that practices cultural humility and where positions of power are more representative of the region’s diversity.


Dr. Adriana Alvarez is an Assistant Professor in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder where she worked in partnership with an elementary school in the Roaring Fork School District. Adriana was a bilingual teacher in the border community of El Paso, Texas for 11 years where her work with students and families inspired her to pursue a doctorate and advance educational equity.