Planning Committee Members

Emily Henson

Program Coordinator, Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement

International Studies & Latin American Studies, B.A. from Miami University

Emily began at Denison University in August 2013. Her current responsibilities include creating programs with regard to diversity and multi-cultural relations. She is heavily involved with Denison’s Cross-Cultural Communities (C3), which includes over 17 student organizations. She also assists in the year long pre-orientation & mentoring programs for international students and multi-cultural students. Emily’s love for Latin American comes from her family in Guatemala and her study abroad experience in Salvador, Brazil. As a college student she was the founder and president of Guate Bonita, an organization that raised money for improvised schools in Guatemala and visited the schools during breaks. She is very excited to welcome everyone to the first Summit of Ohio Latinx (SOL)!

Dosinda Alvite

Faculty Advisor of La Fuerza Latina, 

Faculty Coordinator of Language and Culture House-Schaff &

Associate Professor of Spanish

Major: Cultural Studies: Migration, Service Learning

Dosinda Alvite has been a happy member of the Denison University community for 13 years. During this time she had the honor to teach, mentor and do research with bright, dedicated and socially committed students. For the past 10 years she has taught a course on Latinos in the USA that connects Denison students with the Latinos of Central Ohio. For 4 years she has been the Faculty Advisor to La Fuerza Latina, a group that has impressively grown in recent years and that has worked very hard to represent and support all Latino students in campus. The SOL Summit is a wonderful example of La Fuerza’s vision to expand knowledge about Latinos in the Denison campus and to reach out to the larger Latino community of Ohio. I am elated to work with La Fuerza and all of you to make SOL happen! ¡Viva la fuerza Latina!

K. Russell Shekha

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology

Major: Anthropology B.A., Florida Atlantic University; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University

K. Russell Shekha joined Denison’s faculty in 2012, specializing in Sociology of Human Rights, the Welfare State, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Political Sociology and Public Policy, Latin America, and Quantitative, Qualitative and Comparative-Historical Methodologies. A, advocate for Latino students on campus and around Ohio, led him to support SOL after listening to students’ desire to reach out to the larger Latino community. His interest in Latin America’s social movements and democratization led him to be a part of the Summit. he believes in mentoring students throughout their academic career and beyond.

Luis Villanueva

Assistant Professor of Economics, Philosophy & Politics

Major:Ph.D. The New School for Social Research, New York. M.A. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico. B.Sc. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico

He is an assistant professor of economics at Denison University where he teaches Macroeconomics and Economic Development. As a teacher he has focused his effort in creating a classroom environment that inspires students to be imaginative, critical and rigorous thinkers as well as socially responsible individuals. He believes that the diverse intellectual background of faculty members together with the engaged, creative and critical mind of Denison students creates positive synergies and brings unique learning opportunities for both students and faculty. As a scholar, he greatly value the academic freedom that the economics department offers him to pursue his intellectual passion in studying development issues from a political economy perspective

Anissa Gamboa

President of La Fuerza Latina, Member of SOL Committee

Major: Communication, Minor: Studio Art, Class of 2017

Anissa Gamboa was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Anissa has been involved with several organizations during her time at Denison University. She has been involved with La Fuerza Latina, Denison DHOVS, Asian American Association and many more! Growing up in a predominately Latinx community, she never realized how underrepresented the Latinx community was until she attended college. Since then, she has been advocating for a change on campus not only for Latinx but for other underrepresented groups as well. By becoming president of La Fuerza Latina, she has been able to execute some of the goals she had for Latinx students, one of them being SOL. Not only does she want to make SOL an annual event, but she hopes to create other opportunities on Denison’s campus for future Latinx students.

Davide J. Rangel Hernández

Member of SOL Committee

Major: Economics, Spanish, Class of 2016

Davide is a senior at Denison University, majoring in Economics and Spanish. He was born and raised in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and has resided in Chicago, IL since 2002. Davide views America as a continent where “north, central, and south” are imagined and socially constructed confines; therefore, his identity is not limited to his place of birth and/or residence. Davide is passionate about economics and languages & cultures, and during his time at Denison, he has found his niche in the French and Spanish sections of Modern Languages Department and in the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement’s International Student Services.


Alexis Lopez

Member of SOL Committee, La Fuerza Latina: FLIP Historian

Major: Cinema, Class of 2019

Alexis is a first year at Denison University, majoring in Cinema, from Chicago, IL. He is the Historian for La Fuerza Latina’s First-Year Leadership Involvement Program. He grew up in a predominantly Latinx community, but attended a high school where he experienced underrepresentation. Since then, he has devoted time to advocating change on campus and back home through film. He has been involved in the Modern Language Department as a Spanish in-class tutor.

Omar Vargas

President of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. – Beta Zeta Chapter,

Chair of the Denison Dining Committee, Member of SOL Committee

Major: Sociology/Anthropology, Class of 2016

Omar is a senior at Denison University, majoring in Sociology/Anthropology. Raised in East Los Angeles, California, Omar’s life as a Mexican-American has been met with an identity that has been challenged through looking at life as an American, Mexican-American, and a Chicano, having experienced political and education

Michael Guerrero

Member of SOL Committee

Major: Black Studies and Economics, Class of 2016

Michael Guerrero was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and migrated to Boston, MA when he was 8 years old. He is now a senior at Denison University majoring in Black Studies and Economics. He is the Vice President of La Fuerza Latina, Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Finance chair of NPHC and order of Omega, and business manager for the Denisonian. Throughout his experience here at Denison, Michael has always been active in making sure that the voice of underrepresented community members are heard. SOL is just one of those ways in which active members of our communities come together and join forces to promote solidarity and strength within our Latinx community.