1st Gen Toros Retreat

1st Gen Toros Retreat

Join Us for the 2nd Annual First Gen Toros Retreat where faculty, committee members, peer coaches, keynote speakers, and students gather to celebrate what it means to be a First-Generation Student here at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

First Gen Toros Retreat is a series of workshops, activities, and keynote speakers where we strive to build community and promote identity development, personal growth, and family engagement. Do not miss out!

The theme this year is ‘First, But Not Alone: The Power of Your Voice.’

2nd Annual First Gen Toros Retreat

When: Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RSVP: https://torolink.csudh.edu/event/7476428


Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes

Keynote Speaker: Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes

Felicia Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, community & event organizer, educator, FEmcee, designer, poet, performer, professor, and practitioner of the healing arts living and working in the Los Angeles area. Known throughout the southwest as an established Xicana cultural worker of a new generation, she creates with In Lak Ech, El MERCADO y Mas, and La Botanica del Barrio and is the founding director of Mujeres de Maiz. She has worked on various transnational art and organizing efforts including work with the Zapatistas, Peace & Dignity Journeys and La Red Xicana Indigena. Felicia graduated with a B.A from UCLA in World Arts & Cultures with a minor in Chicanx Studies, a M.A in Chicanx Studies from Cal State Northridge, and a M.F.A from Otis College of Art & Design in Public Practice Art. In addition, she is an apprentice of Western Herbalism and Mexican Traditional Medicine. Check her out at https://feliciamontes.wordpress.com/


Shamell Bell

Keynote Speaker: Shamell Bell

Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and documentary filmmaker who received her PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Dr. Bell is currently a visiting faculty at Dartmouth teaching in the department of Theater and the African and African American Studies program. Bell received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and B.A. with Honors in American Studies and Ethnicity specializing in African American Studies at the University of Southern California. Her work on what she calls, "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a dancer, choreographer, healer, and scholar. Shamell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an ethnographic and performance studies lens. 


First Gen Toros Retreat Schedule of Events: 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.         Morning Coffee Chat

10:30 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.         Check-In and Welcome

10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.         Keynote Speaker: Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes

11:20 a.m. – 11: 35 a.m.        Community Building – Bring your families!

11:35 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.         Break

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.         Imposter Syndrome – An Honest Conversation

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.           Bring Your Lunch to Zoom! (Optional)/Families are Welcomed!

1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.             Toro Affinity Centers

2:20 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.             Break

2:25 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.             Closing Speaker: Shamell Bell

3:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Zine Workshop

RSVP at Torolink: https://torolink.csudh.edu/event/7476428 

For accommodations and questions, please contact Silvia Green at sgreen@csudh.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!