Latinidad: Cultural Heritage, History, and Evaluation
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About the Event
Dr. Aponte-Soto will describe the relevance of “Latinidad” for conducting
culturally relevant and community-engaged research and evaluation. Specifically, she will
deconstruct terminology used to define Latinos as well as the importance of attending to
cultural identity, history, and context for Latinx communities.
About the presenter:
Lisa Aponte-Soto, PhD, MHA is the President/CEO and founder of Tanoma Consulting LLC, a nonprofit
firm providing transformative research, evaluation, and training services to advance health,
education, and workforce equity. She specializes in asset-based community-driven models using
mix methods research and evaluation approaches. She facilitates capacity building workshops on
culturally responsive practices, leadership, strategic visioning, and quality assurance for diverse
organizations. Dr. Aponte-Soto is also an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University where she
currently teaches research methods. She has nearly 20 publications and over 50 presentations
including workshops and invited lectures on applying of culturally responsive methodology and
practices for working with underserved, under-resourced, and vulnerable populations.
Dr. Aponte-Soto currently serves as a Board member-at-large for the American Evaluation
Association (AEA). She is also an alumna of the AEA Graduate Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program
and a founding member and past chair of the AEA Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (LaRED)
Topical Interest Group.
Dr. Aponte-Soto earned her PhD in Behavioral Science from the Division of Community Health
Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and holds a Master of
Health Administration and Policy from Governors State University.
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