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The Diversity Board of the Canisius College Undergraduate Student Association will host Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Yoseli Castillo Fuertes tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The heir presentation, “Race, Gender and Sexuality: Negotiating Minority Identities in the Caribbean,” is free and open to the public.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is a novelist, short story writer and essayist from Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in Spain, Ecuador, Ghana, the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Denmark, Hungary and France.

Yoseli Castillo Fuertes was born in the Dominican Republic in 1972 and at 16 migrated to the United States. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Spanish Literature. Castillio Fuertes is a bilingual, Dominican, Latina, lesbian, poet, activist, and teacher. Since August 2005, she has organized the Gay & Lesbian Bohemian Night, a LGBTQ open mic in Washington Heights, New York.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Students and Friends (LASAF), Sigma Delta Pi and Unity.

For more information, please contact Asher Havis-Walton, diversity chair, at

Richard Reitsma, PhD, associate professor, Spanish and Latin American studies