St. Norbert College to host development event for hispanic/latino students

March 2, 9:15 a.m.--2:15 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, February 29, 2012
by Chris Swietlik, chris.swietlik@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College's Office of Multicultural Student Services, in collaboration with the Office of Admission, will hold "Para un Futuro Mejor" (For a Better Future), a leadership development and community event for Hispanic/Latino students on Friday, March 2, from 9:15 a.m.--2 p.m. in the F.K. Bemis International Center on the college campus. Hispanic/Latino high school students from across the greater Green Bay area and Waukegan, Ill., will be attending the event. St. Norbert College will provide transportation and lunch.

The agenda for the day includes arrival at 9:15 a.m., the keynote address at 10:30 a.m., lunch, and various workshops from 12:15 p.m. until departure at 2:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Ernesto Mejia the proud son of Mexican immigrants, and a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with a rare disease, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life, and he now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education.

Aurora Chang, director of the McNair scholars program at Beloit College, will be holding one of the afternoon workshops. Chang is a native of Guatemala and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was five years old. Her research at Beloit College focuses on racial identity and multiracial students' impact on the educational landscape.

Students will also have the opportunity to view a display arranged by Rev. Jim Neilson, assistant professor of art, using materials provided by last-year's conference attendees. The work is on display at the Goschlax Gallery in the Bush Art Center.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College Office of Multicultural Student Services at 920-403-4023, or Bridget Martin at bridgit.martin@snc.edu.