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Dr. Gustavo Balderas

Living the American dream

Location: Riley Hall 201

Theme: Identity Development

Presenter: Dr. Gustavo Balderas

Come and learn the secret to success from Dr. Balderas, Oregon's superintendent of the Year and National Finalist. Dr. Balderas is the first Latino superintendent in 4J and the first Latino Superintendent of the Year in Oregon. He will share stories from his childhood growing up as an ELL student in Eastern Oregon. He will share how important it is to have mentors in your life and putting yourself in situations to learn from others and to be your best self. You CAN achieve your dreams!  

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Apprenticeship: The Original Degree!  

Location: TJ Day Hall 103

Theme: Educational/Career Pathways

Presenter: Salvador Castañeda

Providing On-the-Job Training, Classroom Instruction, and an Associate’s Degree at Zero Cost to You!


Ayuda financiera para los alumnos de Oregon /Finding Funds for Oregon Students

Location: TJ Day Hall 104

Theme: Financial Literacy

Presenter: Lori Ellis & Osvaldo Avila

Thinking about how to pay for college after high school? During this session, we will provide resources on how to apply for funding for educational opportunities beyond high school. We‚ will also share information on how to apply for financial aid through the Federal Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). You will learn about state and federal financial aid including grants and scholarships while highlighting financial resources for DREAMERS. Learn tips on how to Tell Your Story and create a competitive application. You will walk away knowing how to apply for funds to pay for college and the resources to navigate that path. 

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Invest in you!

Location: TJ Day Hall 108

Theme: Identity Development

Presenter: Joel Zamudiobucio

Financial literacy programs and trainings are a crucial part the developmental/professional growth for Latino youth. One of the many challenges our young Latino population faces growing up in a household where Economics such as saving, investment and risk management is not practiced or understood.  In this session, you will learn the basic concepts of investing and hear from a successful Latino professional who worked as a Financial Advisor for a large national firm and is now working for the State of Oregon Division of Financial Regulation. The class will also include an interactive worksheet to determine what type of investor you are. 

David Flores Juarez

How to get recruited to play at a collegiate level

Location: TJ Day Hall 219

Theme: Networking/Building Connections

Presenters: David Flores Juarez

How to get recruited to play at a collegiate level? My name is David Flores Juarez. I recently graduated from Linfield College this past spring. I competitively swam at Linfield for four years and was team captain my junior and senior year. During this session, we will cover the different avenues and levels students can compete at like NCAA, NAIA, and JUCO. I will also cover what coaches want to see in their student-athletes. College coaches want to recruit great STUDENT athletes, not just athletes. 

Ed Guzman

Make the Refreshing Seem Normal: Navigating white-led professional spaces

Location: TJ Day Hall 111

Theme: Identity Development

Presenter: Ed Guzman & Alfredo Moreno

It's always inspiring (and yes, refreshing) to see Latinx in high-profile positions. But what will it take to make that the norm as opposed to the exception? Through this workshop, we will be exploring what it means to be a man of color in predominantly white-led spaces, and how to not only survive but thrive and get to do work you're passionate about. Told through the personal experiences of two communications professionals, we will discuss helpful tips, self-exploration, and remaining authentic to self.


Ni de aqui, ni de aya

Location: Walker Hall 311

Theme: Identity Development

Presenter: Marcel Tress, Austin Rivera, & Salvador Miramontes

A glance at the obstacles of being a 1st generation Latino in the classroom and in the tech industry and how to overcome them. 

Dr. Benjamin Gallegos
Abelardo Gallegos

Latino perspectives on preparing and serving in the field of education

Location: TJ Day Hall 222

Theme: Educational/Career Pathways

Presenter: Dr. Benjamin Gallegos & Abelardo Gallegos

Participants will learn about the skills and tools they can use in colleges and universities, and how to leverage them as students. 2. Participants will learn about national recruitment efforts towards supporting and encouraging Latinos in becoming teachers and professors, by being introduced to educational websites with specific information outlining the need for Latino teachers. 3. Participants will fill-out at least one university contact informational post-card, on their own behalf, to contact and request further information from the university.   

Omar Ucan
Kristi Wilson

Resume and Interview Skills

Location: Walker Hall 220

Theme: Networking/Building Connections

Presenter: Omar Ucan & Kristi Wilson

This is an interactive session that will walk you through how to make a resume or perfect the one you have.  We will also talk about the "good and bad" of interviews and how to create your own elevator speech.  After the class, you should be ready to apply for your next job!

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