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March 20, 2009 Schools and Libraries

African American/Latino High School Students to Attend Leadership Summit at Mesa College

From: San Diego Community College District
San Diego Mesa College To Host Third African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit

190 high school students/24 role models/professionals join together to discuss

What does it mean to be an African American or Latino male leader?
Workshop presenters will discuss the following “Leadership” topics:

- Being a leader in your community
- Making decisions as a leader
- How leaders network
- Overcoming challenges and barriers

What: Launched in 2007, it is the only summit of its kind in California. The Summit’s goal is to empower, educate and support African American and Latino young men in the pursuit of their professional and personal endeavors. A unique feature of the summit is the small workshops/breakout sessions led by successful professional role models; students rate this as one of their favorite and beneficial sessions. The summit is open to all interested high school students.

Who: 190 high school students, inspirational speakers, and 24 career professionals who will lead workshops. High Schools: Clairemont High School, Kearny High Educational Complex, Madison High School, Mission Bay High School, Patrick Henry High School, Point Loma High School, Mark Twain High School, San Diego Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical High School (The MET). Community partners include: San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Diversity Pipeline Committee and San Diego Unified School District, Race/Human Relations and Advocacy Team.

Why: The Mesa College African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit is designed to address the ever increasing problem of declining college enrollment of African American and Latino male students in higher education.  The Summit was by Mesa College created in direct response to startlingly low success rates of African American and Latino males in San Diego and across the nation. African American and Latino males have a higher rate of not completing high school, and incarceration. The numbers show that fewer seek post-secondary education, and those that do have a higher fail rate.

When:  Friday, March 20, 2009 - 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Program Agenda

9:30am-10:00am Registration and Breakfast Room G-101

10:00am-10:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies Adrian Arancibia -- Assistant Professor of English, San Diego Miramar College
Adrian Arancibia is a writer/educator based in San Diego, California. He is a founder of the Taco Shop Poets .
Rita Cepeda, Ed.D
President, San Diego Mesa College
Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Services, Mesa College

10:15am-10:30am Keynote Address
David Valladolid, President & CEO of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

10:45am-11:45am Breakout Sessions

11:45am-1:00pm Lunch/ Presentation of Certificates/Closing Remarks Cafeteria Quad

Where: Mesa College G-101 and various rooms (see program below; best time talk with students directly is during the lunch/closing session)

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