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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ actress to headline Distinguished Speaker Series Rescheduled for Nov. 16

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Lana Condor, actress, will serve as the next speaker of UTRGV’s Distinguished Speaker Series. (Courtesy Photo)

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By Pat Rodriguez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Due to scheduling conflicts with Condor, the free virtual event was moved from Nov. 3 to Nov. 16. Hosted by UTRGV Student Activities, the online event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. 

The free virtual event, hosted by UTRGV Student Activities, will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

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Condor has risen to global recognition since her acting debut as Jubilation Lee, aka Jubilee, in the 2016 feature film X-Men: Apocalypse. 

Her portrayal of Lara Jean Covey in the Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, was the catalyst that launched her to global success. 

Condor has become one of the most in-demand leading ladies in the entertainment industry and has used her growing platform to generate awareness for causes near and dear to her heart, including The Asia Foundation, where she established a scholarship to send underprivileged girls and women to school in Vietnam.

Zakary Borja, a DSS student committee member, said he is thrilled the committee chose Condor to serve as the next speaker for UTRGV’s signature event. Bringing speakers like Condor, and most recently John Quiñones of ABC’s What Would You Do?, allows the campus community to be inspired, empowered and be uplifted by the influential speakers, he said.

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“Lana Condor stands out as a bold icon of female empowerment, breaking barriers and the glass ceiling by being one of the most recognizable Asian American actresses internationally,” Borja said, “a symbol for all girls of color that, no matter what you look like or where you come from, can be a star.” 

Cindy Mata-Vasquez, director of Student Activities, said the audience can expect to hear about Condor’s career trajectory, roles she has held in the film industry, and other topics related to her role within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“The events and speakers that have been a part of the series allow for our students to be able to listen from various leaders in various industries, sports and pop-culture icons speak on their stories of resilience and determination,” Mata-Vasquez said. “It’s a valuable opportunity that is offered to our students each year. Each speaker has their own message, but each one can motivate and inspire our students to reach for their goals.” 

For more information on this event as well as other DSS events you can go online to: https://www.utrgv.edu/studentactivities/distinguished-speaker-series/index.htm

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