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NIU alum Roberto Carmona will speak April 2 to incoming fall 2011 Latino CHANCE students

March 28, 2011
Roberto Carmona

Roberto Carmona

NIU alum Roberto Carmona will be the keynote speaker Saturday, April 2, at the CHANCE and LRC Latino Leadership & Academic Achievement Reception.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, the reception is organized to honor and instill pride in incoming Latino students who have been admitted to NIU through the CHANCE Program for fall 2011.

While many Latinos recognize the cultural capital valued in higher education, they might not enjoy the support systems established at home or have access to the necessary information to pursue higher levels of education.

Organizers hope the event will help to ensure that incoming Latino students achieve academic success by demonstrating to them the support systems that exist at NIU: Representatives from various academic units on campus will be on hand to speak to students in attendance.

There also will be a luncheon and a presentation from former CHANCE students. Sponsors include the Deacon Davis CHANCE Program, Latino Resource Center, NIU Alumni Association and Unity in Diversity

Carmona graduated with a bachelor’s degree from NIU and received a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University. He then completed a second master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He is the president and CEO of the Crimson Leadership Group (CLG) in Chicago. CLG is a consulting firm that provides “strategic communication, executive search and leadership development services” for corporate businesses, governmental and nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact the Latino Resource Center at (815) 753-1986.