Join us on Monday June 20th at 7pm eastern/4pm pacific time for our third installment of our panel series.
At Fathering Together, we are all about bringing experiences and stories of fatherhood together so that all of us might learn and grow together on this journey of fatherhood. We are thrilled to bring together a group of Latino fathers to reflect on their journey of fatherhood, acknowledge the complexities of Latino culture, and how Latino fathers must address the current climate of racism and anti-Blackness within Latino culture.
Read on to learn about our panelists.
Sergio Rosario is a musician, educator, and entrepreneur, husband to an U.S. Army officer and father of a 3-year-old daughter, Stella. Director of Proyecto Piquete, a band who focuses on folkloric rhythms from Puerto Rico and oral history through music. All of Sergio’s projects rely heavily on the support of the social media community. Some of Sergio’s current projects include “Drumming with Vets” and drumming workshops for dads and kids. He is also the founder of Soy Super Papa a community with the mission of empowering fathers that focus on highlighting their roles in society and within the family.
Marlon Gutierrez calls himself a “work-from-anywhere” dad of two and is an active participant in the ongoing conversations regarding work-life integration and remote work. A former career-addicted millennial, he helps other working dads figure out how to prioritize their time with family and shift away from the traditional meaning of being seen as a “provider”. Marlon has worked remotely for the last five years and the location flexibility has allowed him and his family to travel extensively. Together, they hope to supplement education through cultural experiences around the world. When at home in Orlando, Marlon can also be found planning dad events as a co-organizer for the Orlando City Dads Group, blogging about his experiences, and documenting through Instagram.
Jorge, went from a teen father to meeting former President of United States Barack Obama. How? For the past couple of years Jorge has been active on and offline to spread his message of Family, Community, Art, Music and most importantly Fatherhood! These past couple of years he has sat in dozens of panels, presentations and keynotes across the country. He has been featured with Youtube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, performed on the Ellen Show with his daughter Alexa and has won a Premios Tu Mundo award!
Jorge is also a first-generation graduate of high school and college and has earned a degree from the University of California San Diego with a focus in Ethnic Studies, Visual arts, International Migration Studies and Poetry. Just before graduation, on Jorge’s Realitychangers channel a cover of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ song “Home”, sung by he and his daughter went viral. Through successful management, collaboration and high impact partnerships, his channel and its content grew and evolved! Jorge Narvaez’s social media platforms (@realitychangers) focus on 5 themes: Family, Community, Art, Music and Fatherhood. With over 800,000 followers and over 210 million views across all his platforms, Jorge has had a diverse background with a common thread of creating community, partnering with varied individuals and agencies to promote family/fatherhood, story-telling, community activism, script writing, influencer marketing, professional public speaking, live musical performances, brand collaborations, policy creation, content creation, augmented reality, equality in education and much more. Jorge is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, grew up in San Diego, California and currently lives there with his family.
Jesse Saucedo is a longtime public servant with 20 years of experience working directly with elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. Currently, Jesse serves as President of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. Most recently, Jesse served as the Western States Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives on a Presidential campaign, overseeing No Party Preference voter targeting and the campaign surrogate outreach program. Previously, Jesse worked with the City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant General Manager of the Regulatory Compliance and Code Bureau, helping to preserve decent, safe and affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles. Prior to joining HCIDLA, Jesse worked with the District of Columbia’s Office of City Council Chairman, where he served as Director of Constituent Services and coordinated the delivery of services for all constituents and external stakeholders within the nation’s Capital. Previously, he served as Senior Adviser to the District’s Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, focused on small and local business development. Jesse has also worked as Field Representative and Veterans Liaison with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, and Voter Outreach Coordinator with the California Secretary of State. Jesse serves on the National Board of Trustees for Phi Iota Alpha, the nation’s oldest Latino fraternity. A native of San Antonio, Texas, he is a rabid Spurs fan. Currently, Jesse lives with his wife Cielo in the City of Los Angeles. They are parents to twin toddlers Adelina Azalea and Tomas Antonio. Jesse himself is an identical twin, and has younger girl-boy twin siblings. Jesse has been the kids’ primary caretaker for the last three years.
Our facilitator, Joe Saucedo is a proud Mexican-American from San Antonio, Texas. Joe now lives with his wife Cat, their two sons Cruz and Esai, and their two dogs in Skokie, Illinois. He contributed a birth story to the recent e-book published by Fathering Together and has connected with other dads in the Chicago area through meet-ups in person and online. Joe is a first-generation college graduate from Georgetown University and the University of California-Los Angeles. He has over ten years of experience engaged in college access, diversity education, and student retention. He recently joined the team of Chicago-based nonprofit, Partnership for College Completion. In his role as Equity Program Manager, he advises and consults with community colleges and four-year universities across northern Illinois to assist them with closing graduation gaps that persist among Black, Latinx, and low-income students.