(May 22, 2012) --The Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement (HISPA) Role Model Bureau, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing professional Hispanic role models for young students, will kick-off its programs in San Antonio with a Youth Conference for 250 middle school students from targeted schools in the San Antonio ISD and Northside ISD. The event is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday, May 25 at The University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus.
The Youth Conference, themed "Take Action! Achieve your Dreams," will have a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focus and will include a keynote address by HISPA President and Founder Ivonne Diaz-Claisse. Diaz-Claisse will share her passion for mathematics and host hands-on career exploration breakout sessions and a healthy luncheon for the students.
"HISPA's goal is to provide inspiring role models who can encourage Latino youngsters to continue their education and reach their full potential," said Diaz-Claisse. "We are extremely grateful to the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives for co-hosting the event and for joining forces to provide this enriching program to our youth."
HISPA has worked closely with Belinda Saldaña, UTSA director of community outreach, in developing an unforgettable program for the participating students and volunteers.
The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives will serve as a co-host for the event. The office works to increase the college-going rate of Texans by assisting students that traditionally have been underserved and underrepresented in higher education. As a comprehensive university and systemwide effort, the Office of P-20 Initiatives promotes educational access and college readiness through collaborative programming.
Following the conference, HISPA will have a reception from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus to welcome new and potential volunteer HISPA role models.
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Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
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UTSA Faculty Center, John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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