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Leveraging Latino Learning Through Career Connections Friday, March 11, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The University of Toledo Student Union



of Education


Latino Aairs


Dear Summit Participants: Welcome to the University of Toledo! We are pleased to host this 4th annual Ohio Latino Education Summit: Leveraging Latino Learning Through Career Connections. By sharing best practices and open dialogue on issues of importance, your active participation today supports our goal of assisting Hispanic and Latino students to achieve long-term success through education. This Summit has been specifically tailored to: invigorate you to think about bright possibilities for the future of Latinos, offer you the opportunity to share ideas, enable you to network and make new friends, and engage you in relevant topics…all on the beautiful campus of The University of Toledo. We want you to enjoy your time here, so please be sure to walk around our campus for a bit and visit the city—you’ll find both to be very hospitable! Here at UT, we continue to make great strides in ensuring all students feel welcome and included. The rich diversity we offer—both through our student and faculty composition, as well as in our comprehensive academic offerings and myriad of out-of-classroom activities—culminates in a university education that helps Latino students succeed not only in school, but also in life. Further, we foster the growth in becoming productive citizens and future leaders. Toward that goal, we’ve established several programs over the years—such as our Latino Youth Summit; UT’s Primo Program, which awards peer mentoring; Hispanic Heritage Month; Latino Graduation; the Diamante Awards; Brothers on the Rise and TAWL (Talented Aspiring Women Leaders)—to provide them with ongoing recognition and support. Be sure to fully participate in today’s activities and reach out to others so that you get the most you can from this extraordinary Summit! Whether you are a parent, administrator, teacher, community leader or other professional, by working together we collectively ensure our Latino and Hispanic students will reach key milestones that increase their likelihood of graduating college and achieving lifelong success. Thank you for partnering with us for this critical mission! Respectfully,

Sharon L. Gaber, PH.D. President The University of Toledo

Dear Conference Participants: On behalf of The University of Toledo and the Division of Student Affairs, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Toledo, Ohio and to the 4th Annual Ohio Latino Education Summit. We at the University of Toledo and especially within the Division of Student Affairs are focused on serving all students, including Latinos, to provide them with the most opportunities to be successful while in college and in life. We strive to build deep, meaningful partnerships with a wide array of community partners, and that’s why we are honored to be your host for this conference and to welcome you to our beautiful campus. Here at the University, our mission is to improve the human condition, and that includes advancing knowledge through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement and promoting diversity. Our community partners and committee members have done a wonderful job in planning a program that I believe will challenge and inspire you. This year summit’s theme is “Leveraging Latino Learning through Career Connections.” As educators, administrators and nonprofit leaders it is important to make strong connections that will help us all in our common goal of increasing access to and retention in education programs. Whether we are school administrators, teachers, parents, policymakers or community organizers, working together we can provide Latino youth greater opportunities to succeed! I encourage you to fully participate in all aspects of the Summit. The success of this event will depend upon your engagement, involvement, and complete participation. The summit is located on a beautiful campus within a culturally rich city. I hope you take some time to explore our wonderful campus facilities and our city. Again, welcome to the 4th Annual Ohio Latino Education Summit. Learn much, network often and leave this event inspired and with a renewed commitment to assist Latino youth in their pursuit of excellence. Have a wonderful Summit! Sincerely,

Kaye M. Patten, Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Student Affairs The University of Toledo

2016 Latino Education Summit Agenda 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Special Recognition Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Kaye Patten, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs The University of Toledo

Special Recognition Honorees: Springfield City Schools, L.A.S.E.R. Program at The Ohio State University, Esperanza, Inc.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Update: State of Latino Education – Bob Vasquez, Board of Education, Toledo Public Schools

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Best Practice Preview – Dr. Cassandra Storlie, Kent State University

10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions “A”

11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions “B”

12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Break and Gather for Lunch in Auditorium

12:15 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Remarks – University of Toledo President Dr. Sharon Gaber

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.


12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

OCHLA Latino Education Advocate Award Presentation

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Keynote Address - Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, Ohio Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interest Sections – Networking Sessions

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Sessions “A”: 10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Estamos Unidos: United Through Mentorship Room 3020

Dr. Michele Soliz, The University of Toledo

The TIOS program matches Latino college students in one-on-one mentoring relationships with Latino professionals who are part of The University of Toledo’s Latino Alumni Affiliate. TIOS stands for Teaching and Inspiring Our Students. Through the advice, experience, and insight of their mentors, students are better able to channel their aspirations and interests in order to begin building a professional network. In its second year, the program has proven to help students to be successful in their academics as well as in meeting their professional goals. This program can easily be duplicated at other higher education institutions and even at the secondary level. The interactive workshop will discuss how to implement the program, including how to garner community support and how the program has been successful.

Tres Áreas: A Three Strand Approach to Serving English Language Learners in Three Domains: Developing Teacher Expertise in Language Acquisition, Research-based Instructional Strategies, and Culturally Sustaining Classrooms Through Licensure Preparation, Professional Development, and Resource Development

Room 2592

Dr. Katy Lichon, Clare Roach, M.Ed., and Jennifer Dees, M.Ed., University of Notre Dame

English language learners are children who speak a language other than English at home, and they are the fastest and largest growing population in U.S. schools. By the year 2020, ELLs, often called the “silent minority,” will represent one out of every four children in America’s schools. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2050, the Hispanic school-aged population will outnumber the non-Hispanic Caucasian schoolaged population. It should be noted that seventy percent of ELLs are native-born, and that eighty percent of ELLs speak Spanish as their first language. The English as a New Language (ENL) team at the University of Notre Dame believes that English learning students deserve teachers with expertise in three targeted areas: language acquisition, research-based instructional strategies, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. In the presentation, these three domains will be discussed and examples of implementation strategies will be provided.

Parent Academy – A Unique Program to Engage Parents in Their

Children’s Success in School Room 3018

Myrna Gomez, Leadership Scholars

Leadership Scholars is a non-profit organization that has worked since 2007 to enable and empower lowincome parents to become the catalysts for their children to attend college. In 2013 the organization started a program called “Parent Academy”, a seven-week long session where parents spend many hours discussing how to help their students be successful in school, in college, and in life. It teaches parents how to stress with their children the importance of staying in school, and provides strategies for parents to work with their children on improving school performance. The main topics parents discuss include creating a home learning environment, partnering with the school, and supporting children on their paths to college. They also learn about the latest social and emotional learning strategies, the importance of meditation, neuroplasticity and grit. The seven weeks of sessions culminate in a graduation ceremony for those who successfully complete the program. The sessions are taught in Spanish by native speaker facilitators, free of charge. Free transportation and childcare are provided.

OhioMeansJobs K-12 – Ohio’s No-Cost Resource for Academic and Career Planning Room 2591

Tisha McGlaughlin, Department of Education

OhioMeansJobs K-12 is Ohio’s latest comprehensive education and career planning system. This new online tool allows students to learn about their career interests and in-demand jobs, build résumés, search for college and training programs, and create a budget based on future expenses. Educators can begin by having conversations with students using the Career Pathways in OhioMeansJobs. Career Pathways align to Ohio’s in-demand jobs and combine education and training with career information. These are great for students to share with parents to begin building an individual plan for their future. Attend this session to learn more about these incredible resources and the new OhioMeansJobs K-12 website. Since 2014, over 150,000 students across 879 school districts in Ohio have created accounts in OhioMeansJobs K-12.

Enhancing College and Career Readiness Among Ohio’s Latino Youth Ingman Room

Dr. Cassandra Storlie, Kent State University

All students deserve the opportunity to succeed in a rapidly changing world, especially Latino youth. The development of this multi-tiered, comprehensive intervention funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation during the 2015-2016 academic year aimed to 1) improve understanding of risk and resilience factors related to student learning among middle and high school students at Painesville City Local School District (PCLSD); 2) utilize evidenced based career development programming to support increased retention and graduation rates; and 3) engage students in deeper learning by using their knowledge and skills in a way that prepares them for real life by completing various narrative career assessments to expand their career hopes and dreams. This presentation will provide the outcomes of this college and career readiness project aimed to support retention and graduation rates and supports obtaining rich narratives, provided by students, families and school personnel to better illuminate the stories of Latino students.

Immigration Status and Financial Aid Room 2582

Attorney Eugenio Mollo, Jr. and Dr. Gregory Guzmán Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), Catholic Diocese of Toledo

At a time when much of the immigration debate is driven by emotion, it is crucial that students and administrators are able to distinguish between fact and fiction in an effort to support and maximize student potential and opportunity. This session offers to provide information and guidance about the complex world of immigration status and financial aid. The presenters will speak from a number of perspectives relevant in our current immigration world: the undocumented student, the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student, and the U.S. citizen student with undocumented or “underdocumented” parents. The session will also provide participants with an understandable and concise overview of immigration law statuses, general ways people can obtain a lawful immigration status or change their status, and how these different statuses affect the student’s eligibility for state, federal, or private aid.

Challenges and Reforms of Mexican Education: Mexican Teachers’ Perspective Room 2584

Sandra Fonseca Cruz, Maricarmen Ruvalcaba, David Lopez, and Dr. Linda Robertson Centro De Estudios Tecnologicos del Mar, CECYTE Aguascalientes, Technical Secondary School Provo, Kent State University

Three public school teachers who are part of the International Leaders Education Program at Kent State University this semester will present an overview of the challenges and reforms in Mexico in education. This session will help the American educator to better understand the educational preparation of our Mexican immigrant students. Selected by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, these three outstanding Mexican educators of English will help American teachers gain respect and understanding for Mexican immigrant children. Dr. Linda F. Robertson, Director of the Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education at Kent State University will serve as a facilitator for the presentation that will allow for interaction from the audience as well.

Shaping Latino College Leadership (For Students Only) Room 2562

Maria Sanchez and Ivonne Mendoza The Ohio State University, Young Latino Professionals of Toledo

There are many ways that students can explore and develop their leadership strengths. This leadership session will help college students identify opportunities to get involved in educational and professional development experiences that will maximize their leadership capability. Representatives from the Young Latino Professionals of Toledo organization and The Ohio State University will share their advice and opportunities to help students on their leadership journey.

Sessions “B”: 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 a.m. Career Exploration & Planning with CareerScope Ingman Room

Betty Anzaldua, The University of Toledo

CareerScope is a world-class interest and aptitude assessment system that objectively identifies the most relevant career and training choices for individuals for successful educational planning and career outcomes. CareerScope offers direction to the most appropriate education or training program, thus ensuring a higher likelihood of work success and fit. The CareerScope Interest Inventory measures and identifies an individual’s attraction to careers that correspond to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Interest Areas. Interest Inventory results are compiled into a comprehensive Individual Profile Analysis that objectively identifies each individual’s most significant interest area preferences. CareerScope is available and accessible to conference attendees through the University System of Ohio Talent Development Network members, including the University of Toledo. CareerScope is available in English with Spanish.

What are the Rights of DACA Recipients and LEP Students? A Legal Panel Room 3018

Senior Attorney Jesus Salas, Senior Attorney Patricia Hernández, and Senior Attorney Mark Heller, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)

There are a substantial number of intelligent and motivated undocumented or limited English proficient Latino students in the United States who can maximize their educational opportunities if given a chance. The session will address the major legal protections as well as the services available to undocumented students, DACAmented students, and LEP students (also called English Language Learners). Audience members will also have the opportunity to address legal matters and inquiries with this panel of seasoned attorneys.

Future CLASS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Systems of Support) for Diverse Learners: Cincinnati Public Schools’ Initiative to

Support English Language Learners and Their Families Room 2584

Marie Kobayashi, Cincinnati Public Schools

In 2014, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) teamed up with Princeton City Schools (PCSD), Hamilton County Educational Service Center, and Xavier University to apply for an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Straight A Grant titled Future CLASS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Systems of Support) for Diverse Learners. The ultimate goal of the grant was to provide greater academic and linguistic support for English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families through sustainable, cost-effective methods. There have been positive outcomes for students, staff, and parents that are replicable by school districts and institutions of higher education, even in the absence of additional funding. The presentation is intended to assist districts and schools in supporting systems level change that will lead to increased academic and social/emotional support for ELLs through job-embedded staff professional development, increased parent and community involvement, and cross collaboration between districts, schools, and other educational entities.

The Role of Latino Culture in Classroom Behavior Management Room 2592

Manuel Fernandez, University of Notre Dame

With the Latino population growing at an all-time high in both public and Catholic schools, how are educators dealing with teaching Latino children in their classrooms? Our schools, which are the most effective instruments of social and intellectual formation this country has ever known, are uniquely positioned to serve Latino families and their children. In order for a school to have an effective educational model that helps nourish and educate Latino students, teachers will need to become familiar with Latino students and understand the best practices in the classroom to help them flourish. This session will offer a comprehensive approach for all teachers on how to work with Latino students, and how to help them succeed academically and socially. The talk gives seven practical ideas on how to reach and teach the Latino child, centering around having a strong grasp on classroom management.

Guatemala Culture and Topics in Education Tour: Lessons Learned Room 3020

Gini Browsh, Live a Language Foundation

In July of 2015, 19 Cincinnati Public School teachers and administrators traveled to Guatemala to gain deeper insight into CPS students’ cultural and educational background. Traveling to the homeland of the majority of CPS’ immigrant families, visiting the schools, walking the streets, shopping in the markets and meeting indigenous family members offered the educators a deep cultural understanding. The visitors learned why their students speak softly, how Guatemala differs from other Latin American countries, why families leave their homes to come to the US, what the impact of religion is on everyday life, and, finally, the visitors discovered the meaning of “culture shock”. There is very little that can equate to the reality of visiting students’ homeland. The Cincinnati group encourages all educators, faced with accommodating ESL students in their educational program, to make time for the brief journey that will impact a lifetime of teaching.

Family Resource Center – A Painesville City Schools Model Adopted from

International Partner, Greater Essex County Schools, Windsor, Ontario Room 2582

Amber Torres, Ruth Haynes, Clara Howitt, Dr. Brian Bontempo Painesville City Schools, Lake County Educational Service Center

The district Family Resource Center in Painesville is designed to provide solutions and interventions to improve social, economic, behavioral and mental well-being of the families residing in the Painesville City School District. The purpose of the center is to provide a central and convenient point of contact for all Painesville City School families to access multiple services to minimize barriers to student academic success. The district has found that, while many agencies and services in Lake County exist to help families deal with the above array of problems, they are not always readily accessible to the families that need them. Awareness, language, and transportation are common barriers to connecting with needed services. The Family Resource Center was created to provide a solution to those barriers by bringing them together into a central, accessible, and trusted space. We will learn about how this model functions and how the full time bilingual site coordinator facilitates service delivery to district families by connecting them to the appropriate community organizations, social service agencies and healthcare providers based on both case referral work and needs assessments with families who contact the center.

Latino Students with Interrupted Education Room 2591

Dr. Brenda Custodio, The Ohio State University

Working with new arrivals can be challenging, but when students come with gaps in their education the challenge multiplies. This session will look at some of the causes of interrupted education: poverty, inaccessibility, indigenous languages and inadequate facilities. There will be a special focus on the impact of limited years of compulsory schooling in much of Latin America. Specific suggestions will be given for programming to aid students build the literacy and content area skills needed for academic success.

Learning to Lead the Latino Way (For Students Only) Room 2562

Alfred Ramirez, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

This session will focus on the importance of integrating Latino cultural legacies into leadership roles, with an emphasis on turning obstacles into opportunities and empowerment. Presenters will discuss the importance of civic engagement as a means to build confident and resilient leaders that have a significant impact on their communities. Students will be presented with opportunities to get involved in educational and professional development experiences that will enhance their leadership capability, while helping them to discover the “leader within.�

Interest Sections - Networking Sessions 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Take advantage of the opportunity to discuss a topic of common interest with fellow colleagues. Join one of the following sessions to discuss successes as well as barriers impacting the topics of discussion.



English Language Learners

Marie Kobayashi Cincinnati Public Schools

Culturally Responsive Education

Dr. Michele Soliz The University of Toledo

Career Planning

JosĂŠ Luna Toledo Public Schools

Undocumented Students

Attorney Eugenio Mollo Advocates for Basic Legal Equity (ABLE)

Engaging Parents and the Community

Dr. Brian Bontempo Lake County Educational Service Center

College Student Leadership (for students)

Alfred Ramirez U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute

Facilitators will take part in a panel discussion immediately following the breakout session.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lonny Rivera Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education Lonny J. Rivera became Ohio’s interim superintendent of public instruction on Jan. 1, 2016. Dr. Rivera began his career as a special education teacher and served as a principal and district superintendent before leading the Ohio Department of Education’s Division of Accountability and the Teaching Profession. In that post, he oversees the state’s annual school and district report cards, improvement for troubled schools and the licensing of Ohio teachers. Dr. Rivera believes Ohio schools should have high expectations for all students. He expects schools to provide the high quality of teaching and support that will enable students of every race, income group and ability level to achieve. Much of his career effort has focused on helping educators improve and school administrators lead more effective schools. Dr. Rivera began his career in Toledo Public Schools and served as a principal of elementary and intermediate schools before becoming chief of staff for Toledo Public Schools. He left that post to become superintendent of Oregon City Schools, where he served for two years before being recruited by the Ohio Department of Education. Dr. Rivera attended undergraduate school at The University of Toledo and Cleveland State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Cleveland State. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from The University of Toledo. Dr. Rivera remains licensed as a special education teacher and school district superintendent.

OCHLA Education Advocate Award Winner and Nominees Award Winner

Margarita De León Vice President for Client Leadership, The Kaleidoscope Group Margarita De León is Vice President for Client Leadership for The Kaleidoscope Group, a global, full service diversity and inclusion consulting firm, based in Chicago. Margarita has enjoyed an impressive career that spans more than 30 years, including 17 in the healthcare industry. Margarita has experience in the areas of Hispanic marketing, advertising, nonprofit development, corporate communications, publishing, fundraising, special events, diversity and public service. She is the former publisher of BRAVO Magazine, Ohio’s first Hispanic magazine introduced in the fall of 1997 as a newspaper and then in 2003 as a magazine. In 1988 she founded IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local chapter of a national Latino advocacy organization. The annual Diamante Awards and scholarship program, which she spearheaded and co-chaired for a number of years, was established under IMAGE in 1989. Over $1M has been raised for Latino college scholarships over the past 26 years because of her efforts. She also helped to establish the Latino Youth Summit in 2001 under the auspices of The University of Toledo. She was the founder of LatinoFest, which was led by Consuelo Hernandez and a group of volunteers for 10 years. She was a founding member of the Ohio Latino Arts Association. She was one of the founding members of the Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio and served as its volunteer convener for two years. She also served on Toledo’s Hispanic Affairs Commission and The Toledo Musuem of Art’s Diversity Committee for many years. She was the first Hispanic to serve on the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority and did so for 9 years. Margarita is the recipient of many awards for her leadership and support to further equal access to justice in our community. Margarita has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from The University of Toledo. She enjoys contemporary Latino music, art and literature. Her hobbies include cycling, cooking and yoga. She is most proud of her three children and their accomplishments: Tito, Jose and Elisa. Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Margarita is one of 14 siblings. She attributes her innate desire to serve others to her upbringing.


Sabina Elizondo-Serratos

Associate Director, Service Learning and Community Engagement Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services Sabina has been with the University of Toledo since 1991 both as a student and a professional staff member. Born and raised in South Toledo, she is a graduate of (TPS) Libbey High School. It was in 1995 when Sabina began her professional career when she became a financial aid advisor and eventually acquired the title of Senior Financial Aid Advisor where she remained until August 2006. While her primary duties revolved around financial aid processing, her passion for helping to recruit and retain Latino students allowed her to take on extra responsibilities like advising the Latino Student Union and participating in outreach programs geared towards the Latino population. Ultimately her dedication and commitment provided an opportunity for her to become the Director of the Office of Latino Initiatives. Her versatility and leadership abilities have led her to hold various roles in New Student Orientation Programs, Multicultural Student Services, Student Involvement, Commuter Student Services and most recently Experiential Learning and Career Services as the lead contact for Service Learning and Community Engagement. Sabina has earned an Associate of Applied Business degree -her most valued college degree, in Legal Assisting Technology (now known as the Paralegal Studies Program), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Master of Liberal Studies degree. She currently holds an ABD status in the Higher Education Doctoral program at The University of Toledo.

José Oscar Luna

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Toledo Public Schools José Oscar Luna has been the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Toledo Public Schools for twenty-four years. José believes each one of us has a talent or gift and if properly nurtured we can all reach high levels of fulfillment and be positive contributors to the Latino community as well as the larger national/world community. José was born in O’Donnell, Texas in 1954. He has one brother and four sisters. At the age of thirteen José, his mother, Elena, and four sisters moved to Ohio to work in the cucumber and tomato fields of northwest Ohio. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1972 and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. In 1992 José was hired at Toledo Public Schools as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. Once on the job José began to see the many issues that students and families face. He worked to develop programs and resources to help the Latino population of TPS achieve their educational goals. In order to better serve the students and families, José enrolled in a school counselor program at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and graduated in 2003 with his Master’s Degree in School Counseling. José is one the founding members of the Latino Youth Summit at the University of Toledo. He was the recipient of the 1998 Northwest Ohio Diamante in the category of education. José was chosen as the 2012 Honoree of the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award and in 2014 he was recognized for his contributions to the Latino community at the BGSU 20th Annual Latino Issues Conference. José is a published writer of children’s books, receipt books, a movie script, and short stories. He is presently working on an anthology of short stories entitled Don Quixote of the Panhandle.

Andrea De la Roca

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Dioceses of Toledo Andrea De la Roca is the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the Catholic Education Department in the Dioceses of Toledo. Andrea is a graduate of Northwest State Community College, where she received an Associate of Applied Business Degree and an Accounting Assistant Certificate. In 2013 Chris Knight, Senior Director of the Catholic Education Department, inspired by the Catholic School Advantage campaigned from the University of Notre Dame, created the ministry where Andrea started her career. Faith, knowledge and service – these form the heart of the Diocese of Toledo and Catholic schools. Andrea fosters relationships between Catholic schools and the Hispanic families using effective communication and empowering parents. Through her ministry, Andrea helps Catholic schools become a welcoming environment for the Hispanic community. Also, she empowers parents by informing them of the educational opportunities available to their children. One of her priorities is to educate parents about the scholarships that are available to make Catholic education more available. Andrea was born in Guatemala City, and moved to the United States in 2001. She is the proud mom of two boys and a beautiful girl. As a single parent, Andrea contributes her success to her strong faith, her family, and higher education. This past summer one of her dreams came true, she purchased her first home – a home where she and her children will build a better life.

Lisa Canales

Washington Local Board of Education A life-long resident of the glass city, Lisa Canales has dedicated her life to helping Toledoians have access to the education, support and resources needed to overcome adversity while working for a brighter tomorrow. From ensuring that all Latinos have a voice when it comes to the future of the community as the president of the City of Toledo’s Hispanic Affairs Commission and the Lucas County Hispanic Latino Democratic Caucus, to working to secure endless opportunities for area children as a member of the Washington Local School District Board of Education, Lisa is regarded for her ability to drive results with integrity, equality and poise. Lisa is a tireless leader and community advocate who works closely with decision makers to bring about positive change and sustainable results that resonate throughout Toledo and Lucas County. Lisa is passionate about community service and works to inspire others to make donations of time and resources for the betterment of the Toledo-area community as a whole. This mission, fueled by faith, drove her to develop the A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach Organization. Over the last 20 years Lisa has sought to provide assistance to area individuals and families in need of a little extra help every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas through the A.N.G.E.L.S. program. Lisa currently serves on the board of directors for Adelante, Inc. and she is a member of the City of Toledo’s Civilian Police Review Board. She also continues to support countless other community-minded organizations. For her efforts, Lisa has been given the NAMI Award of Appreciation, the Twenty under 40 Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Diamante Award for Community Service.

Baldemar Velásquez

President/Co-founder, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) Born in 1947, Baldemar grew up in a migrant farmworker family based in the Rio Grande valley of Texas. The family eventually settled in Ohio, and Baldemar worked in the fields seasonally through his high school years to help support the family. In 1969 he became the first member of his family to graduate from college, graduating from Bluffton College with a BA in Sociology. Incensed by the injustices suffered by his family and other farmworkers, Baldemar founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. Under his leadership FLOC has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multi-party collective bargaining agreements, and the first to represent H2A international guestworkers under a labor agreement. Baldemar is an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrants’ rights movements. His commitment to justice and human dignity have led to recognition by many labor, government, academic, and progressive organizations, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and several Honorary Doctorates from Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and University of Toledo. In 2009 Baldemar was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.

The 2016 Planning Committee Tamika Mitchell Dean for the Student Experience The University of Toledo David Young Office of Excellence The University of Toledo L. Tony Ortiz Associate Vice President for Latino Affairs Wright State University Dr. Gregory Guzmán Executive Director, Central City Ministry Diocese of Toledo Andrea De la Roca Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Catholic Schools Office Raúl Soto, Ph.D. Interim Director, Office of Career-Technical Education Ohio Department of Education Yolanda Zepeda Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion The Ohio State University Lilleana Cavanaugh Executive Director Ohio Latino Affairs Commission Andrea Magaña Lewis Public Policy Officer Ohio Latino Affairs Commission

2016 Latino Education Summit Partners The University of Toledo Ohio Department of Education Ohio Latino Affairs Commission

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of Education

Special Thanks Co-Chairs of the 2016 Latino Education Summit

Senator Charleta Tavares District 15

Senator Peggy Lehner District 6

Dr. Sharon Gaber, President The University of Toledo Dr. Lonny J. Rivera Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Ohio Department of Education State Senator Edna Brown District 11 State Representative Tim W. Brown District 3 State Representative Michael Sheehy District 46 Dr. Cecelia M. Adams Toledo City Council Member Larry Sykes Toledo City Council Member Office of Toledo City Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas Eighth Bishop of Toledo Linda Alvarado-Arce, Executive Director City of Toledo Board of Community Relations Presenters and Exhibitors


2016 Ohio Latino Education Summit Program  
2016 Ohio Latino Education Summit Program