Atreverse/Atravesar (To Dare/To Cross): Living Experiences of Latin American LGTBQ+ Refugees

Atreverse/Atravesar (To Dare/To Cross): Living Experiences of Latin American LGBTQ Refugees.

·       Date: Wednesday, March 13

·       Time: 5:00-7:30pm

·       Location: Hatch Gallery (2nd Floor), Student Nest (6133 Student Union Blvd.)

Community Partners: Mosaic/I belong, VAST-Vancouver, UBC Social Justice Center, Hatch Gallery

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What is this event about?

This event is an opportunity for students and faculty to gain more awareness about the severe hardships suffered by Latin American refugees and asylum seekers in their countries of origin, and the difficulties they face crossing geographic, political and cultural borders to integrate into Canadian society.

Members of the LGBTQ immigrant support group “I Belong” — in addition to members of the UBC community and partner organizations — will share their personal experiences in the hopes of increasing understanding. In the spirit of inclusion, LGTBQ+ faculty and students from FHIS will facilitate an open discussion with the public.

There will also be a community art space where everyone is welcome to express themselves creatively, since we believe words, stories, and art have the power to call attention to social issues that require change. Refreshments will be served.

This event is brought to you by Spanish for Community (FHIS) in partnership with MOSAIC “I Belong” LGBTQ Counselling Support Group and the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), with the support of the UBC Social Justice Centre. The gathering is hosted by the Hatch Gallery and artists who are hosting an exhibition on Queer identity, representation and resistance.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Maria Carbonetti


Spanish for Community


Information about our partners:

MOSAIC, I Belong: Often faced with being a ‘minority within a minority’, the I Belong program aims to support the unique needs of LGBTQ immigrants. LGBTQ immigrants face barriers ranging from racism, homophobia, transphobia and isolation, to logistical issues such as finding resources and support services, safe housing and employment. The I Belong program aims to bridge this gap in understanding the unique needs of LGBTQ newcomers and to provide support by raising awareness and offering support groups.

Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture (VAST): For the last 30+ years VAST has supported the Human Rights and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees arriving in BC, many of whom seek protection in Canada fleeing violence and persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

UBC Social Justice Center : The (UBC) Social Justice Centre is an AMS/student union Resource Group aims to serve any and all students interested in finding progressive solutions to societal and global injustice. We are a collective that works toward progressive social change, inclusivity, and equity through a survivor-centric, harm reduction, radical, feminist, decolonial, anti-oppression framework. We operate through horizontal structures and consensus-based decision-making to engage students in and provide tools for activism, and promote discussions of social justice issue.



with Matias Hacker, MA, RC


An experiential workshop to explore Spanish as a second language, and the relationship between language and body creatively through art-making and play in a safe, non judgmental and relaxed environment.

Matias Hacker is an Argentinean-Canadian, Artist, Actor, Registered Counsellor, with a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy. He works for VAST Vancouver Associsation for Survivors of Torture, several mental health agencies working with individuals, adults and children and running support groups for refugees, while pursuing projects in visual arts, theatre, and film.

Spaces are limited. To participate, students need to register contacting or sending an email to instructors Maria Carbonetti (for Spanish 207) and Maria Adelaida Escobar Trujillo (for Spanish 402)










A taste for change!

“Guacamole for Justice” is an interactive cooking class and discussion about the marginalization, isolation and exploitation often faced by Latin American migrant workers in BC and Canada. In addition to learning delicious recipes, you will learn how to think critically about where your produce comes from and learn more about the lives and experiences of the people who grow it.

The discussion will be led by members of the Migrant Workers Dignity Association (MWDA) and Latin American migrant workers employed at BC farms. All are welcome! 

Dr. Maria Carbonetti
Director, Spanish for Community

This event is organized by SPAN 301 with the support of Spanish for Community.