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Latina Assistance Program to host conference about ‘rompiendo barreras,’ becoming leaders

March 9, 2012

De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program, part of the Latino Resource Center, will host the “Latinas Rompiendo Barreras, Becoming Tomorrow’s Leaders” conference from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.

The conference, which takes place in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center, is aimed at providing young Latina students with the personal and professional development needed to succeed in college.

Latino Resource Center
Young Latinas will be encouraged to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves and make wise decisions.

Participants also will learn about services specific to the needs of Latinas including social support, academic guidance and leadership opportunities that foster self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and increase the retention and graduation rates of Latinas at NIU.

Informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers and panels with female leaders are planned on topics such as education, health and wellness, leadership and cultural identity. Young Latinas also will have the opportunity to meet Latina professionals.

Through a combination of an inspirational keynote address, interactive workshops and professional panel, it is hoped that young Latinas will learn how to set and achieve their goals: Providing useful information to help young Latinas along their road to success is the mission of the Latina Assistance Program.

Latino Resource Center“It is imperative that we increase the number of Latina leaders in our society,” said Georgina Jaquez, student director of LAP, “as well as remind these students about the power of their voices and the importance of pursuing higher education.”

Registration deadline for the conference is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. To register, submit an application and supporting materials to [email protected].

The application form is available online.

This event is co-sponsored by the Latino Resource Center, Center for Black Studies, Women’s Resource Center, Asian American Center, LGBT Resource Center, Student Association and Student Involvement & Leadership Development.

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