Sept. 30, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia State University is home to more than 1,000 Latino students, and university officials are hosting an upcoming event to help foster their leadership skills for a successful future.
The Latino College Leadership Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 in Veterans Memorial Hall in Alumni Hall. The event is focused on supporting and preparing Latino students to succeed in college and after graduation.
The event is free and open to Hispanic students at GSU, as well as those enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the state. The registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 1.
“The summit is an event that brings a generation of Latino college students together,” said Margarita Muñoz, director of GSU’s Office of Latino Student Services and Outreach, a sponsor of the event. “The networking and learning experience equip them to be academically successful and to be prepared for their professional career.”
Juan Andrade, president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, will speak to students in the mid-morning, and during the afternoon, college students will have an opportunity to participate in informative workshops such as “Explore Your Academic Passion, Create Your Career,” “Pathway to Graduate School,” and “Steps to Building Your Legacy.”
From 4:40 to 6 p.m., key players in the Georgia Latino community will discuss political, economic and social issues impacting Hispanics. The summit will conclude with an address at 6 p.m. on legacy and mentoring by Jose Marquez, president and CEO of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association.
Following the summit, students are invited to a social gathering from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Veterans Hall and are welcome to attend the performance by Paco Peña at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Peña is a guitarist, composer, dramatist and artistic mentor who embodies the Spanish art form.
The summit is sponsored by GSU’s Office of Latino Student Services and Outreach, in partnership with the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Latino Student Council, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Student Chapter, Latin American Student Association, Hispanic Student Bar Association, The International Student Association, the Lambda Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
“For Latinos to come to college, it is a big accomplishment,” said Claudia Rivera, a junior majoring in political science. “This will help bring us together and give us a sense of community so we don’t have to stress and can succeed.”
Pre-registration available at www.gsu.edu/success/latino_outreach.html. It is required to ensure attendance. For more information, call the Office of Latino Services and Outreach at 404-413-2087 or 404-413-2046 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information on Peña’s performance, visit https://tickets.rialtocenter.org/Public/show.asp.