James Porras Lecture Series

COVID-19 Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Latinx Cultural Center had to postpone all events planned for the 2020-2021 school year, but we are hoping to host them during the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Please check back often for updates.

Established in 2018, the biannual Latinx Speaker tradition has become an important part of the Latinx Cultural Center at Utah State University. Students have the opportunity to listen to outstanding professors, authors, artists, and other professionals who have made significant contributions to the education and acceptance of the Latinx Culture. Please join us each semester for another fabulous lecture!

Upcoming Speakers

  • TBA

Previous Speakers


Ross Romero
Ross Romero
March 23, 2022
Ross Romero is a Utah attorney who served in the Utah House of Representatives and Senate for a combined eight years. He currently works in Law/Government Realtions and is the CEO of Inclusion Strategies, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Ross Romero presented on his experiences growing up in Utah and becoming a lawyer, legislator, and businessman. He also touched on how his service in the community helped him cultivate important networks, allowing for much of his success in the political and business spheres.


Senator Luz Escamilla
Luz Escamilla

October 5, 2021
Senator Escamilla became the first Latina elected in the Utah State Senate and first immigrant elected in the Utah State Legislature, representing Senate Discrict 1. During her presentation she spoke about her experience as a Latina in the political sphere.




Yudi Lewis
Postponed - TBA
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latinx Cultural Center was not able to host a signature speaker during to the 2020 school year. Unfortunately, this means we were not able to have our planned guest speaker Yudi Lewis come to speak to our students and this presentation has been postponed until the 2021 school year.


Raul the Third
Raul the Third

April 23, 2019
Raul The Third joined the Latinx Cultural Center's list of guest speakers with a presentation in Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library. The presentation included his personal life's story and his career development as an author and artist as well as a hands-on writing and drawing demonstration.



Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and Carlos Kelly
Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and Carlos Kelly
October 23, 2019
Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and Carlos Kelly traveled to Utah State University to give presentations of their respective books as part of the James Porras Lecture Series. In the early afternoon, Carlos Kelly held a poetry workshop and reading from his book of poems Wounds Fragments Derelict in the USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA). Later in the evening, Dr. Aldama presented his newly published book Reel Latinxs: Representation in U.S. Film and TV alongside co-author Dr. Christopher González. The first 30 attendees were provided with a free copy of the book each.


José Roach Orduña
José Roach Orduña

November 15, 2018
José Roach Orduña joined the Latinx Cultural Center in the inaugural presentation of the James Porras Lecture Series. Orduña had his presentation in the Perry Pavilion at Utah State University where he had a book reading of his book The Weight Of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement. After the reading, Orduña provided the attendees with a Q&A session and a book signing.