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Friday, November 19 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EDI Symposium 222: Convergence of Science, Technology, and Social Activism: A Path Towards the Inclusion of Minority Language Speakers

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Minority language speakers face the extinction of their native languages as they are marginalized, discriminated against, unable to find opportunities and even facing hurdles to exercise their basic rights. 
Most minority language communities are also impoverished and dependent on a single economic activity. This propels migration, breaking families, suffering discrimination and facing ostracism as they cannot communicate in a foreign language, just to send home ~300 USD monthly. 
As technology development accelerates creating vast opportunities, it is unacceptable to deprive language minorites of the inclusion opportunities that it could provide. We bring together a transdisciplinary panel of experts to propose a path forward.

Organized by Centro de Investigación en Computación del Instituto Politécnico Nacional 

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Christian Efraín Maldonado-Sifuentes

PhD Candidate, Noti.MX
PhD Candidate Noti.MX, Estado de México, Mexico Centro de Investigación en COmputación - IPN, Mexico City, Mexico Biography/Biographie: Journalist, language teacher, researcher, proponent of Artificial Intelligence Democratization, and minorities inclusion. 

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Verónica Dahl

Professor Emeritus of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University
Co- Founder of the discipline Logic Programming (with 14 other international scientists) Professor Emeritus of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University Associate Faculty in Bioinformatics, Simon Fraser University Associate Faculty in Cognitive Science, Simon Fraser University Scientific... Read More →
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Segun Aroyehun

PhD Candidate, Centro de Investigación en Computación - IPN
Microsoft Research for the Microsoft Research Latin America PhD Award 2020 Google Research Best PhD Thesis Latin America Lázaro Cárdenas Award - Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico) - 2019 I am a PhD student at the Centro de Investigación en Computación, IPN. I am fortunate... Read More →
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Iara Mantenuto

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, California State University Dominguez Hills
I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the English department at California State University Dominguez Hills. I graduated from the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. My primary research interests lie in morphology, syntax, fieldwork, language documentation and pedagogy of linguistics/languages... Read More →
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Manuel Mager

PhD student, Universität Stuttgart
 Computer Science and Computer Linguistics/ Natural Language Processing student. My main aim is the inclusion of minority and indigenous languages into scientific research. Influential works and conferences: -Tackling the Low-resource Challenge for Canonical Segmentation. -Subword-Level... Read More →
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Filiberto Altamirano

International Taekwondo Federation
Award-winner activist for the preservation of the Mixtec language. Native speaker of the language and leader of the international champion Tae-Kwon-do team "Guerreros Mixtecos" (Mixtec warriors) 

Friday November 19, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST