Welcome & Keynote Speaker
The son of Mexican migrant workers, first-gen keynote speaker Gaddi Vasquez shares his journey from the farm fields of California, to Orange High School and Santa Ana College, to Washington, D.C. where he served as the Director of the Peace Corps, and to Rome, Italy where he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food & Agriculture.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Edison International & Southern California Edison
Sandra Baltazar Martinez
Senior Public Information Officer
University of California, Riverside
“Where I Started” Panel
Three first-gen college graduates who are today leading professionals in their fields share about how they grew up, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Principal, Irvine High School
Public Affairs Specialist, State Farm Insurance
Vice President, Latin Music
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
"Paying for College" Panel
Admissions and financial aid counselors from Concordia will partner with a CUI first-gen alum to talk about what parents and students can expect when it comes to paying for college.
When registering online, attendees have the opportunity to choose which breakout session they want to attend. Learn what you can do with a degree from one of these featured majors, and meet professionals from these fields—some who even attended Concordia. Also, meet and ask questions of the professors who teach these majors, and see if these majors are a fit for you. Choosing a major below doesn’t commit you to anything, but it can introduce you to a whole new area you may not have considered. Choose one of the following breakout sessions to attend
- STEM Track—featuring natural & social sciences, and nursing
- Liberal Arts Track—featuring fine arts, and communications majors
- Business and Education Track—featuring business and education majors