MONMOUTH – For the fourth consecutive year Western Oregon University has been awarded a $25,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to continue to host the Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute on the WOU campus in Monmouth on March 12, 2010. The conference is largest gathering of Latino high school leaders in the Pacific Northwest serving over 1,300 Latino student leaders from nearly seventy high schools.
The day-long Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference increases Oregon’s Latino youth preparation to become leaders and their knowledge about contemporary issues within the Latino community. The conference strongly encourages Latino youth to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. Participants will attend workshops on leadership, community engagement, and college preparation. In addition they will meet with colleges and university representatives.
This year’s keynote speaker is Edward James Olmos, internationally acclaimed actor, producer, director and community activist. In addition to his success in film and television, Olmos has been an activist addressing the needs and rights of children. He has spoken to groups across the country sharing with them the importance of education and personal responsibility.
Western Oregon University commitment to host the conference is consistent with other access and student success initiatives such as the Western Tuition Promise, which provides new undergraduate students a four-year guarantee of no tuition increases. Nearly 20 percent of WOU’s record-setting freshmen class was comprised of students of color and over the past four years WOU has increased the number of Latino students on campus by over 65 percent.
“Effectively serving and educating Latino students is a core part of Western Oregon University’s mission and daily work. Hosting the Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute is important to the community and the university and is another way for us to support outstanding students and their families,” said Associate Provost David Mc Donald. “We deeply appreciate ECMC Foundation’s partnership and their continued support of students and Oregon postsecondary education.”
ECMC Foundation’s financial support will cover the cost of lunch for the student attendees, presenters, and guests and defray portions of other program expenses.
“Educational opportunities are so important in bettering our young people’s future. We are honored to continue to partner with Western Oregon University and the many community leaders who organize this important event that recognizes and strengthens Oregon’s Latino student leaders” said March Kessler, executive director of ECMC Foundation.
ECMC Foundation, an ECMC Group company, helps low-income, first-generation, college-going students further their educational goals. Through innovative outreach programs, we convey to students the importance of completing high school, and continue our mission by developing and distributing programs that focus on college access, retention, and success. ECMC Foundation partners with government agencies, educational institutions, and community organizations to make the dream of higher education a reality. ECMC Foundation is active in the state, touching the lives of Oregonians in many ways.
For more information please visit the ECMC Foundation’s Web sites at www.ecmcfoundation.org or www.ecmc.org.
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For WOU and ECMC support of the conference:
David Mc Donald
503-838-8211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For event specific questions:
Anna Hernandez Hunter
Director, Multicultural Student Services
503-838-8195 or email@example.com
Multicultural Recruiter Coordinator
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