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Statewide Latino Leadership Summit Set for Feb. 19 in Riverside

Statewide Latino Leadership Summit Set for Feb. 19 in Riverside

(February 11, 2000)

Latino leadership representing various segments of the community from throughout California will gather in Riverside from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 to discuss the need to increase Latino representation among students, staff and faculty at California's universities and colleges.

The "Statewide Latino Leadership Summit on Higher Education" will take place at University Heights Middle School, 1155 Massachusetts Avenue, Riverside.

The road to college, or the university, clearly begins in our K-12 schools, and so the leadership group will be looking at creating success there, as well as in institutions of higher education, said Armando Navarro, chairman of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

The Department of Ethnic Studies, the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Bureau, Chicano Student Programs and UCR MEChA are co-sponsors of the program.

Navarro said the summit will provide an opportunity to analyze the data about the numbers of Latinos within higher education, data he will be bring to the summit.

While UCR has fared better in recruiting minority freshmen, Navarro said he wants to make sure that all the state's college campuses do as well.

For instance, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, named for a former UCR Chancellor, noted that Latino freshmen made up only 10 percent of those admitted to UC Berkeley in 1999, a drop from 17 percent two years earlier. "We can't let that trend continue," Navarro said. "We will draft a plan of action to increase those numbers."

"The Governor and the President are both talking about educational change," he said. "This summit will be like a revival of the political action campaign of the 1960s, but in a much more conducive environment."

The conference is designed to create a dialogue and to include a cross section of the Latino community-from academics to activists, he said. Registration is $10 for faculty, staff or community members and $5 for college students, which covers a continental breakfast, lunch and a packet of conference materials. Information is available 787-4577, ext. 1821 or 1822.

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