The fourth annual Diversidad Hispanic Conference brings higher education professionals and area high school students together to learn and share ideas on how to engage our Hispanic community from successful student to employable college graduate.
Dr. April J. Mayes, associate professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Pomona College, will deliver the conference's keynote address. Author of several books, Mayes is a scholar of Caribbean and Latin American history with a special interest in transnational migration, gender, race and sexuality. [Biography]
This year’s conference includes two tracks – one track for professionals who work closely with Hispanic students in high school, college and the workplace; a second track for 50 area high school students interested in learning how to strive to finish high school, graduate from college and find rewarding and fulfilling careers.
The conference is hosted by the JCCC Promotores Committee, which was established to promote meaningful and ongoing dialogue between JCCC and the Latino community stakeholders. Besides the Promotores Committee, other sponsors include the Kansas Studies Institute, Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) and the JCCC Performing Arts Series.