Summer Symposium Spotlight | Oliver Merino

Oliver Merino is the Latino New South Coordinator at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, helping to plan programming that reflects and speaks to the Latino experience of the “New South”.

Oliver was born in Guerrero, Mexico, but moved to North Carolina in 1999. He has become a visible advocate for the immigrant and Latino communities in Charlotte. He has helped to organize marches and general strikes, and personally delivered a list of immigrant demands to the city and county government officials in late April.

As a community organizer, Oliver was invaluable in connecting us with restaurant owners for the Summer Symposium. He will also be giving a presentation about the aspirations and needs of his generation of immigrants to Charlotte, and explaining the work he does with the Dream Organizing Network, an immigrant rights organization he co-founded in 2014.

You can catch Oliver’s presentation at the Summer Symposium on Saturday morning. Find the schedule, and more details about the symposium here. Remember, symposium guests must have current memberships, so if you haven’t renewed for 2017, now’s a good time!