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Latina Leadership Conference - College: A Plan for the Future (October 22, 2016)

Inaugural Latina Leadership Conference Inspires Students and Parents Alike

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This event sold out. Due to overwhelming response, registration was closed.

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Concordia University Irvine understands that college is not a dream. It’s a plan.

To inspire Latina students to pursue academic goals that bring brighter futures, Concordia University Irvine, a private Christian Lutheran non-profit university, is launched its first Latina Leadership Conference on its campus:

College: A Plan for the Future
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:00am - 2:00 pm

Designed for first-generation (first-gen) Hispanic high school and community college female students, the free half-day conference on our campus encouraged students to consider pathways to college, and how to navigate that path.

Partnering with local school districts and community colleges, the conference prepared students to have a more complete awareness of career pathways. Workshops and scheduled speakers included:


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Alejandra Ceja
Executive Director
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Panel: Where I Started


Sergio Contreras
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Westminster


Sandra Baltazar Martínez
Former Editor, Orange County Register
Editor, Inside UCR, UC Riverside

Adriana Galdamez
Community Relations & Public Affairs
State Farm Insurance

Michelle Martínez
City of Santa Ana

Sandra Orellana, RN, MSN, PCCN
Clinical Placement Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange

Breakout Session: Exploring Majors

  • Biology: Marcella Olave, Assistant Professor of Biology, Concordia University Irvine
  • Business& Government: Carolyn Shiery, Professor of Marketing, School of Business and Economics, Concordia University Irvine
    Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President of Investor Relations & Business Development, Orange County Business Council
    Linda Solorza, Assistant Sheriff, OC Sheriff's Department
    Henry Alonzo, MBA, CEO, Adarga Entertainment Group; Concordia University Irvine alum
  • Communication Studies: Erin Nelson, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department, Concordia University Irvine
    Sandra Baltazar Martínez, Former Editor, Orange County Register; Editor, Inside UCR, UC Riverside
    Luis Campillo, Los Angeles Metro Manager, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    Michelle Martír, Admissions Counselor, Concordia University Irvine; Concordia University Irvine alum
  • Education: Rosa Marino, School Counselor, Sierra Preparatory Academy, Santa Ana
    Michele Ogden, Principal, Santiago Hills Elementary School, Irvine, Concordia University Irvine alum
    Kaylie Gomez, Teacher, Anaheim Elementary School District
    Jeanette Vazquez, Anaheim School District
  • Nursing: Christina Desiderio, ER Nurse, Children's Hospital of Orange County; Concordia University Irvine alum
    Marlene Santana, Nurse, Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Concordia University Irvine alum
  • Psychology: Roberto Flores de Apodaca, Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University Irvine

Panel: Paying for College


Anna Saucedo-Rhodes, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Concordia University Irvine

Michele Martír, Admissions Counselor, Concordia University Irvine

Luisa Ruiz, FAFSA presenter, High School & Community Outreach Specialist, Santa Ana College

Information Fair


Concordia University Irvine School of Business and Economics, School of Education, Nursing Department, Biology Department, Communication Studies Department, Psychology Department; Undergraduate Admission & Financial Aid

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