4th annual LEAD conference returns to CSUSB


Cal State San Bernardino will host the fourth annual Latino Education Advocacy Days Summit on Wednesday, March 27, bringing together teachers, educators, politicians, community activists, people in the media, the general public and students to talk about education issues impacting all segments, including Latinos.


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“This year’s conference will stress the theme ‘Working Together’ by encouraging participants to connect with each other and relevant leaders to address how we improve access and outcomes for the Latino community, both here and abroad,” said Enrique Murillo, the executive director and founder of the LEAD project and a professor of education at Cal State San Bernardino.

“Since our first LEAD conference, it’s still vitally important that we work together,” Murillo said. “Our goal to improve education access is crucial, not only for the Latino population, but for this country’s future, because a highly educated workforce will help our society.”

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center and is free and open to the public. Online registration is now open at the LEAD website.

Welcoming the attendees will be Murillo, CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales, CSU Chancellor Tim White (by video), San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron, CSUSB College of Education Dean Jay Feine, Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of the 35th Congressional District, Assemblyman Jose Medina of the 61st State Assembly District (by video) and San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

Gonzales also will be honored as the 2013 LEAD honorary chair, or “La Madrina de Honor.” Prior to being elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Gonzales served on the Fontana City Council and the city’s planning commission. She has also owned and operated a successful small business in Fontana.

Among the highlights will be the afternoon keynote speech from Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and the first Latino to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Castro will speak at the 4:20 p.m. panel session, “Educational Alignment: Profiles of Local Innovation,” a presentation made possible through a working partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Also speaking will be Rep. Raul Ruiz of the 36th Congressional District, who will give the morning address on “Investing in Community – Investing in Education: Honoring the Social Contract.” Besides serving in congress, Ruiz is also physician who founded and directed the Coachella Valley Healthcare Initiative, bringing together stakeholders to improve public healthcare access in the Coachella Valley.

The conference will also feature panel sessions on various topics such as “Education Media and the Impact of Dora the Explorer,” featuring a discussion on the award-winning television program’s impact on children, especially Latino children. Members of the production staff will serve as panelists.

Another panel session, “Beyond the Broadcast of PBS’ ‘Latino Americans’: A Public Engagement and Education Campaign,” will focus on the upcoming PBS documentary “Latino Americans,” a three-part, six-hour series that will air this fall. Members of the production staff and award-winning film producer Moctezuma Esparza will serve on the panel.

The documentary, which tells the story of Latino Americans starting with the English and Spanish colonies in the 1800s and follows with a survey of milestones in Latino American history, is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos.

Other discussion strands are: Educational and Regional Alignments and Local Innovations; College-Readiness, Access and Aspirations; Sustaining, Replicating and Bringing Up-to-Scale those Programs that Work for Latino Youth; A 21st Century Education; the Impact of Culture and Media; Investing in our Community; and Engaging Education Campaigns at the Public Level.

The LEAD 2013 summit will be webcast live courtesy of LatinoGraduate.net to nearly 1,500 viewing sites in the United States and in 28 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and South Korea.

Some of the sites that will host town hall viewing events include Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University; the Center for Leadership Equity and Research/Offices of Lozano Smith in Fresno, Calif.; the College of Education at Washington State University-Pullman; Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev.; Angelo State University in Texas; and numerous international universities.

To date, the event has attracted more than 160 sponsors and partners, including the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, New Futuro, Cardenas Markets, KCAA Talk Radio, Time Warner Cable, University of Phoenix, ACT, AVID, University of LaVerne, Antelope Valley Chevrolet, San Bernardino Community College District, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the California Teachers Association.

The summit is again hosted by CSUSB’s College of Education. Parking is $5 on campus.

For more information and to register online for the conference, visit the LEAD website or contact Enrique Murillo Jr. at (909) 537-5632.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007. Visit its news website at news.csusb.edu.