Bakersfield College

Jess Nieto Conference

Jess Nieto Memorial Conference

The Jess Nieto Memorial Conference is an annual event honoring the memory of Professor Jesus "Jess" Gilberto Nieto. A noted internationalist, entrepreneur, civil rights, and educational leader, Nieto was responsible for establishing a Chicano Studies program and Chicano Cultural Center at Bakersfield College and was the first advisor for the campus’ MEChA chapter. His influence and legacy at BC are still visible in the college’s course offerings related to Latinx history and experience as well as various student organizations and services on campus. In the spirit of Professor Nieto’s work, this conference focuses on Chicano/a/x, Latino/a/x, and regional cultures and histories, Ethnic Studies, community service and activism, pedagogical practices, and student thought and identity.

If you wish to donate to support next year's Nieto Conference, visit the Bakersfield College Foundation's donation page. To ensure that your donation goes to the correct account, select "Other" and enter "Jess Nieto Memorial Conference Fund" in the box asking you to identify the fund you wish to support, or you can make your donation by phone by calling (661) 395-4800.

3rd Annual Jess Nieto Memorial Conference Schedule

Although the conference is over, all events were recorded and links to the videos are below each item listed in the schedule. You may also watch each day's complete program in a YouTube playlist.

Thank you for your support, and we will see you next year for the 4th Annual Jess Nieto Memorial Conference!

Monday, March 22, 2021

(View the complete March 22nd program in a YouTube playlist)

Or, you can access the individual segments of the day's program below:

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

(View the complete March 23rd program in a YouTube playlist)

Or, you can access the individual segments of the day's program below:

Day 2 Welcome by Mariachi Teachers for the Bakersfield City School District Migrant Education Program Region 21
(Watch the Day 2 welcome performance)

2:00-3:00 PM

Panel: "Unraveling Latina Stereotypes: Latinas Unidas in Conversation"

Panelists: Gaby Gomez, Jasmine Herrera, Edith Mata, and Aris Trujillo with Esmerelda Ochoa moderating
(Watch "Unraveling Latina Stereotypes: Latinas Unidas in Conversation")

3:00-4:00 PM

Panel: "Public Health, Rural Latina/o/x Populations, and the Regional Covid-19 Response"

Panelists: Emmanuel Alcala, Assistant Director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute; Jennifer Martinez-Medina, PhD Candidate and Cal Ag Roots Storyteller; Reyna Olaguez, Executive Director of South Kern Sol News; Diana Tellefson Torres, Exective Director of the UFW Foundation; Moderated by Dr. Charles Daramola, Professor of Public Health, Bakersfield College and Isis Forney, RN, Public Health
(Watch "Public Health, Rural Latina/o/x Populations, and the Regional Covid-19 Response")

4:00-5:30 PM

Panel: "Celebrating the Legacy of Cesar Chavez, the Farmworker Movement, and the Ongoing Work of the UFW and Cesar Chavez Foundation"

Panelists: Roberto "El Capitan" Bustos, UFW member and Captain on March from Delano to Sacramento; Paul Chavez, President of the Cesar Chavez Foundation; Aurturo Rodriguez, President Emeritus of the UFW; Teresa Romero, President of the UFW; Moderated by Olivia Garcia, Professor of History at Bakersfield College, and Eric Cardona
(Watch "Celebrating the Legacy of Cesar Chavez, the Farmworker Movement, and the Ongoing Work of the UFW and Cesar Chavez Foundation")

5:30-7:00 PM

National Endowment for the Humanities "Energizing Humanities in California's San Joaquin Valley" Event

Book Talk with LeRoy Chatfield on To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor
(Watch LeRoy Chatfield's Book Talk)

Overview of Wednesday Events and Closing Remarks by Omar Gonzalez, Professor of History, Bakersfield College
(Watch Professor Gonzalez's Nieto Conference Day 2 closing remarks)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

(View the complete March 24th program in a YouTube playlist)

Or, you can access the individual segments of the day's program below:

Day 3 Welcome by Mariachi Teachers for the Bakersfield City School District Migrant Education Program Region 21
(Watch the Day 3 welcome performance)

2:00-3:00 PM

Panel: "Achieving the Dream: Equity and Higher Education from Students' Perspectives" (L.U.P.E. panel)

Panelists: Elizabeth Arevalo, Rafael De La Mora, Elizabeth Garcia, Jasmine Herrera, and Erick Jared Plata with Edith Mata moderating
(Watch "Achieving the Dream: Equity and Higher Education from Students' Perspectives")

3:00-4:30 PM

Panel: "(En)Acting Change: Activist and AgitProp Theatre from the Chicano and Farmworkers Movements to Now"

Panelists: Dr. Thomas A. Carrasco, Professor of Ethnic Studies at Santa Barbara City College and Co-Founder of Chicano Secret Service; Dr. Jorge Huerta, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at UC San Diego; Richard Montoya, Co-Founder of Culture Clash; Dr. Elias Serna, Co-Founder of Chicano Secret Service; Moderated by Dr. Abraham Castillo, Transfer Advisor at Bakersfield College, and Edith Mata, student and President of L.U.P.E.
(Watch "(En)Acting Change: Activist and AgitProp Theatre from the Chicano and Farmworkers Movements to Now")

4:30-6:00 PM

Panel: "Teaching Chican@/Latinx: An Intercollegiate, Interdisciplinary Panel on Higher Education, Pedagogy, and the Importance of Ethnic Studies"

Panelists: Professor Octavio Barajas, Ethnic Studies, College of the Sequoias; Dr. Lisette Lasater, English, Palomar College; Professor Javier Llamas, History, Bakersfield College; Dr. Elias Serna, President, Association Mexican American Educators-Santa Monica/West LA; Moderated by Professor Nicole Carrasco, Sociology, Bakersfield College and Isai Aguilar, De Anza College student
(Watch "Teaching Chican@/Latinx...")

Overview of Thursday Events and Closing Remarks by Omar Gonzalez, Professor of History, Bakersfield College
(Watch the Day 3 closing remarks)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(View the complete March 25th program in a YouTube playlist)

Or, you can access the individual segments of the day's program below:

Final Welcome by Mariachi Teachers for the Bakersfield City School District Migrant Education Program Region 21
(Watch the final welcome from the BCSD Migrant Education Program Region 21)

3:00-4:30 PM

Dolores Huerta: A Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos Conversation and Virtual Exhibit Opening

Dolores Huerta and Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art & History at the Smithsonian Institution, will discuss Huerta's life of activism and the Smthsonian Exhibition, Dolores Huerta: A Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos, which is currently visiting the Bakersfield College Jones Art Gallery. The exhibit will be available for online virtual tours. This event is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities at Bakersfield College, and the Wylie and May Louise Jones Art Gallery at Bakersfield College.
(Watch A Conversation with Delores Huerta)

Visit the Dolores Huerta: A Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos Exhibit Online.

4:30-4:40 PM

Conferece Closing from Organizer and Ethnic Studies Professor Octavio Barajas
(Watch Professor Barajas' closing message)

5:30-7:00 PM

National Endowment for the Humanities "Energizing Humanities in California's San Joaquin Valley" Event

Helena Maria Viramontes, "The Environs of Poverty: Cages, Prisons, and Detention Centers"
Introduction and Q&A Moderation by Dr. Lisette Lasater, Professor of English at Palomar College
(Watch "The Environs of Poverty: Cages, Prisons, and Detention Centers)

Friday, March 26, 2021

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

National Endowment for the Humanities "Energizing Humanities in California's San Joaquin Valley" Event

Dr. Eladio Bobadilla, "'We're Still Here': Work, Hope, Dignity, and Education of the Fields"
(Watch "'We're Still Here': Work, Hope, Dignity, and Education of the Fields")