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NMSU hosts Latino Education and Advocacy Day

New Mexico State University's Hispanic Serving Institution Working Group will host the first national "Latino Education and Advocacy Day - A Day of Courageous Conversations," from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Corbett Center Student Union Auditorium.

The purpose of the event is to create conversation regarding the history of education for Latinos in the United States, and ways in which improvements can be made to provide equal opportunity.

"This day of events - covering history, the national picture, the current local situation - will hopefully expose the dismal situation for Latinos in K-12 and especially in higher education," said Dulcinea Lara, a founding member of NMSU's HSI Working Group.

NMSU will be connected via satellite to California State University-San Bernardino from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., where scholar-educators will speak about history and theories and practices for Latinos in education. The NMSU audience will get to watch the panelists and hear the question and answer session occurring on-site at CSU-SB.

The national conversation will include presentations and conversations with national leaders, including Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and Sylvia Mendez, a civil rights activist.

During the afternoon session from 3-6 p.m., the focus will shift to NMSU and Southern New Mexico statistics, testimony and audience participation.

Speaking at the afternoon session will be the following NMSU HSI members: Carlos Posadas, Michelle Valverde, Christina Medina, Chris Adams, Rudolfo Chavez Chavez, Dana Greene and Lara.

"Out of 100 K-12 Mexican-American students, only eight receive a B.A.," Lara said. "Out of those 100, two earn an M.A. And out of 500 Mexican-Americans, only one earns a Ph.D. This day is not meant as a celebration, but a call to action for educators, students and community members."

NMSU administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as local high school students, will participate in the panel and speak about what they expect from college as Latino students.

Food and refreshments will be provided in both sessions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lara at dulcinea@nmsu.edu.