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Date(s) - 09/14/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


This program is free and open to the public. You can attend via Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend.

Join us as Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez shares her Bolivian immigrant story and her contributions as an educator and founder of the Dream Project. The Dream Project is a non-profit organization that empowers students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education. Our speaker will also provide a historical perspective of Latinos in Arlington, discuss the importance of language, education, community, and preservation of cultures and traditions, and help us to use the experience of Latinos in Arlington as a window into the struggle of many other immigrant and refugee communities.

Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez immigrated from Bolivia to Virginia when she was 16 without her parents to study in high school. Fortunately, she received a scholarship to attend Radford University and graduated with B.S and M.S. degrees. Dr. Violand-Sanchez received her doctorate from George Washington University. Dr. Violand-Sanchez was the first Latina elected to the Arlington Public Schools Board. She was Chair of the Board and served for eight years. She retired in 2007 as the Supervisor of programs and services serving English Language Learners Office for Arlington Public Schools. For eight years she served as a member of the Northern Virginia Community College Board representing Arlington County.  Dr. Violand-Sánchez has authored several publications including “Mentoring and Retaining College Dreamers” in Teachers As Allies (2018). Dr. Violand-Sánchez is a community and educational leader. Among her many awards she received a senior scholar Fulbright Award, the James Hunter III Human Rights Award, the Mexican American Legal Defense (MALDEF) Community Service Award, VCSS Award for College Board Exemplary Service, Washingtonian of the Year Award, and Life-time Achievement Award for Extraordinary Service to the Community

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus in the library auditorium.  If you want to attend this event virtually, please register using this link.  You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLhPhOhM-2fi80oRLIjX5b07WkdmFQxcHd4MeLN7FrlXULwA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, September 13:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, September 14.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

  • If the University has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.