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NDNU’s Latinos Unidos Holds Its Second Annual Latino/a Leadership Conference

Belmont, CA, April 11, 2011 — The Latinos Unidos Club at Notre Dame de Namur University, along with the Diversity Council, will sponsor its second annual Latino/a Leadership Conference on Friday, April 15 in Ralston Hall Mansion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will feature three guest speakers, Laura Rivas, Cesar Cruz, and Maria Leticia Gomez.

Laura Rivas works for the National Network on Immigrant and Refugee Rights and is currently coordinating NNIRR’s “100 Stories,” a project documenting human rights abuse against immigrants.  She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology.  She has worked in many different communities to help advocate support for low-income families.

César Cruz is a distinguished author, poet, and human rights activist and has dedicated his life to fighting injustice.  He has authored two books, “Revenge of the Illegal Alien” and “Norte/Sur: Bang for Freedom.” Cruz co-founded the Homies Empowerment Program, a youth development group in East Oakland.  He teaches Raza History at three different high schools and also hosts a weekly Homies dinner for the local youths.

María Leticia Gómez is an anchorwoman for Univision 14 and has won the “Best Anchor” award four times. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in French Literature and Sociology. She also earned a master’s degree in sociology from George Washington University.  Gomez discovered her passion for journalism during her master’s thesis research, when she lived among the Zapatistas in Southeastern Chiapas, Mexico.

The conference will also include a continental breakfast, lunch, and workshops.  Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Tradicion. There is a $10 registration fee. To register, contact ngomez@ndnu.edu. Space is limited. Ralston Hall Mansion is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.