Students and Alumni Participate in Hispanic Youth Symposium
The Regent University Center for Latino Leadership had a leading role in the Hispanic Youth Symposium held July 14-17 at Virginia State University. Working in partnership with Virginia community-based organizations and schools, the symposium brought together approximately 200 students and more than 200 community volunteers.
"A significant strong point of this program is that it teaches students how to plan for educational success in the American higher education setting while exposing them to real people who have overcame obstacles and succeeded," said Dr. Marcela Chavan-Matviuk, director of the Center for Latino Leadership and the Hispanic Heroes Workshop chair. "For Regent University, it is an opportunity to showcase our graduates, present our programs, serve the community and build relationships with prospective students."
The Hispanic Heroes Workshop gathers high profile community leaders and professionals who inspire youth to aim high. This year Regent University was represented by six Latino alumni and three graduate students. Alumni included: Abril Herrold '93 (Com/Arts); Marcela Chavan-Matviuk '06 (Com/Arts); Hugo Valverde '05 (Law); Tania Berra '03(Psych & Counseling); Luis Rivera '93 (Education); and Victor Cuartas '06 (Divinity). Current students included Maricel Aleu (GLE); Idalia Voigt (Psych & Counseling); and Xavier Becerra (GLE).
In addition, Regent School of Communications & the Arts in partnership with the Center for Latino Leadership and in coordination with the Regent School of Undergraduate Studies, had an information booth at the Symposium's college and career fair. David Hurtado, Com/Arts assistant dean said, "We look forward to an ongoing close partnership with the Center for Latino Leadership and other schools as we let the Latino community know about the wonderful Regent opportunity."
The Hispanic Youth Symposium is college empowerment program for Hispanic students that offers instruction in preparing for and applying to college, financing a college education, connecting with Hispanic role models in Virginia, and exploring career pathways in high-need industries. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government) served as honorary chair of the symposium.
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