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Issue #13
April 2011

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Latino Education Summit at CSUSB Features President Obama, Education Secretary Duncan and CSU Chancellor Reed

The Second Annual Latino Education Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit, held at CSU San Bernardino on March 28, featured a score of national leaders and concluded with the webcast of a Town Hall meeting with President Barack Obama.

The town hall was held in Washington and hosted by Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who facilitated a dialogue of students, parents and educators with the President.

Obama said that college education is essential as eight out of every 10 jobs in the future will require more than just high school education. “If Latinos do not receive the education they need, the nation will not succeed,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to questions from LEAD Summit attendees’ from Washington through a live webcast. He emphasized the value of bilingualism, saying that speaking more than one language should be the norm in the United States. He also said that he is visiting schools throughout the country to recruit teachers of color.

Panelists present at CSU San Bernardino spoke on topics associated with Latino student achievement, workforce preparation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and the status and impact of laws recently passed in Arizona, affecting undocumented immigrants.

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Above: CSU Senior Director of External Relations, Jorge Haynes, moderates a panel about Building the Next Generation of College Graduates.

Below: from left, Enrique Murillo, LEAD executive director, and STEM Workforce Development panel speakers Pamela Clute, UC Riverside; J. Michael Ortiz, Cal Poly Pomona; Ray Mellado, Great Minds in STEM; Estela Bensimon, USC; and Joseph A. Scarcella, CSUSB.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed opened the conference highlighting some of the U.S. Census most essential statistics for educators: "The Latino population is expected to triple in size and will account for most of the nation's population growth in the next 40 years."

The LEAD conference was transmitted live via the Internet and was viewed at more than 1,300 sites, most of them at university campus gatherings in the United States and 17 other countries. View the LEAD Summit website.

 
 

Pacific Islander College Fair To Be Held on June 4

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Pacific Islander College Fair Committee.
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A team of CSU officials and leaders of the Pacific Islander community is planning the “Journey to Success: Pacific Islander How to Get to College Day.”

The event, to be held on June 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSU Dominguez Hills, is designed to provide a culturally significant experience for parents and students of Pacific Islander origin.

Journey to Success is a program of the CSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative that focuses on long-term strategies designed to result in increases in the number of underserved students who attend and succeed in college.

 
African American Pastors Meet With CSU Leaders

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From left, Chancellor Charles B. Reed, CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell and Bishop Charles E. Blake.

West Angeles Cathedral Bishop Charles E. Blake and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed co-hosted the annual meeting of CSU leaders and African American pastors from Southern California.

Held on March 15 at West Angeles Cathedral, the meeting focused on recapping the CSU Super Sunday events held in February in African American churches throughout the state.

This year, Super Sunday reached approximately 110,000 African American families in 48 cities in Northern, Central and Southern California.

See a video about the 2011 CSU Super Sunday at various churches.

 
 
Great Minds in STEM To Award Student Scholarships
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CSU engineering students who won Great Minds in STEM/HENAAC scholarships last year. Top, Nancy Velgara, Cal Poly Pomona; Marisela Pena, CSULA and Scarlett Carrillo, CSULA. Bottom, Ricardo Medina, CSULA and Noelia Gonzalez, Cal Poly Pomona.

Graduate, undergraduate and high school students focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to apply for the Great Minds in STEM scholarship. The application deadline is April 30.

Scholarship recipients will also receive travel expenses and hotel accommodations to the 23rd Great Minds in STEM/HENAAC Conference, to be held Oct. 6-8 in Orlando, Fla.

The Annual Great Minds in STEM/HENAAC Conference features cutting-edge technology seminars and student competitions, and is recognized as the premier venue for recruitment and recognition of Hispanic STEM talent.

Last year 11 CSU students were among 100 scholarship recipients from throughout the United States. Download the scholarship application

 

Pre-College Students Encouraged To Visit the Intel/ISEF Science Fair in Los Angeles

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High school students, teachers, parents and mentors are invited to the Intel/ISEF International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held on May 8-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

This fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition for students in grades 9-12. The event gathers more than 1,600 high school students from nearly 60 countries to showcase their research. View opportunities to get involved in the conference as an exhibitor, volunteer or guest.

       
 

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