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Issue #37
April 2013

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Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer Takes the Stage at CSU San Bernardino's Latino Education Summit

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer

Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, of Nickelodeon

Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, of Nickelodeon, explains Dora the Explorer's educational curriculum, which teaches young viewers Spanish expressions, mathematics and other subjects.

Carlos Cortes

UCR Professor Carlos Cortés, expert in multicultural education and consultant to the program.

The popular Latina cartoon character, Dora the Explorer, was a central figure at the Fourth Annual Latino Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD) Summit at CSU San Bernardino, on March 27.

Nickelodeon's character, Dora Marquez, was developed as a "pan-Latina to represent the diversity of Latino cultures," said creator Chris Gifford, who was a panelist at the summit.

The bilingual girl, reflecting the growing U.S. Latino population, which for the most part is underrepresented in children’s television programming, is highly popular with both Latino and non-Latino children.

Carlos Cortés, a professor at UC Riverside and a consultant to the program, said that his job is to ensure that Dora’s adventures are free from stereotypes.

"Society often portrays Latinos incorrectly as lazy or a burden to the community," said Cortés. "Each episode is vetted with an eye on catching stereotypes."

The LEAD Summit is presented annually by CSUSB’s Department of Education, under the initiative of Professor Enrique Murillo.

Other speakers at this year's summit included, Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Tex. and Congressman Raúl Ruiz, who represents the Palm Springs-Coachella Valley area.

Read more about the conference

LEAD Photo gallery

CSU Asian American, Pacific Islander Student Leaders Prepare to Work on Community Outreach

CSU AAPI Initiative Ambassadors

Student leaders of the CSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, Vincent Tran of CSULB and Minh Nguyen of CSU Fullerton, during a planning session for the AAPI Journey to Success Expo scheduled June 1.

CSU AAPI Initiative Ambassadors Northern California

Participants to the student leaders' retreat for Northern California campuses.

Asian American and Pacific Islander student leaders are working with the CSU AAPI initiative to help promote college preparation among underserved AAPI communities.

Students from Northern and Southern California held separate training meetings in March to plan their outreach work.

Visit the CSU AAPI Initiative website.

Upcoming College Events and Fairs

April 15-16
HACU 18th National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Education

April 20-21
3rd Annual Pow Wow
Honoring Native American Indian Victims of Crime
CSU Dominguez Hills

May 1-3
Prepárate: Diversity Conference
College Board - Chicago, Illinois

May 2-3
A Dream Deferred: Diversity Conference
College Board - Chicago, Illinois

May 30-31
Native American Student Advocacy Institute
College Board - Montana

June 1
Journey to Success for Asian and Pacific Islander families in Southern California.
CSU Dominguez Hills.

CSU AAPI Initiative Ambassadors

Kern County Students Learn the Basics About Getting Into College

College Making It Happen CSUB

Hundreds of middle school students participated in the College Making it Happen event offered at CSU Bakersfield.
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Engineer Caecilia S. Gotama Featured Among CSU Distinguished Alumni

Caecukua S GotamaCSU Fullerton alumna and engineer Caecilia S. Gotama has risen to hold leadership positions in an industry that continues to be dominated by men and leads her own highly successful design/build firm, Gotama Building Engineers, Inc.

She was recently featured in Working for California, a CSU publication highlighting alumni who are making a difference in the life of people of California and the world.

See more highlights of her career here.

Entrepreneur Talks to Fresno State Students About Achieving Success

Yrma Rico Yrma Rico, co-owner of Fresno’s Weber BMW and former general manager of Denver’s Univision television station, was the keynote speaker at the Local Latina Leadership Conference held on March 14, at Fresno State.

Her advice, also compiled in her book "La Vida Rica: The Latina’s Guide to Success," ranges from tips on winning at office politics and surviving bad bosses to becoming a good boss. The book also addresses sexual harassment issues and everyday challenges faced by Latinas.

Rico serves on Fresno State’s Foundation Board of Governors.

Learn more about the event here.

Train the Trainer Workshop Prepares Education Counselors From African American Churches

Train the Trainer

The CSU African American Initiative held a Train-the-Trainer session, cosponsored by the College Board, to educate student counselors from CSU church partners.

Attendees at the March 23 session learned about CollegeED, a standards-based college and career preparatory and planning program developed by the College Board.

Visit the CSU African American Initiative website.

NCAA Announces New Eligibility Standards

Mark Emmert

NCAA President, Mark Emmert during interview with Univision at CSU Dominguez Hills.

With higher GPA standards set to go into effect in 2016 for Division I athletes, NCAA President Mark Emmert met with CSU African American Initiative church partners and with leaders of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), to inform them about the impact of the changes for prospective student athletes and their families.

To compete in Division I sports, prospective students will be required to present a 2.3 GPA. The new standard, higher than the current 2.0, will become effective beginning in August 2016.

Emmert is delivering this message throughout the nation so that high school and middle school communities become aware of the new standards to compete in Division I athletics.


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