Cornell Latino Ivy League Conference 2011
On Friday, 7 other students and I left for Cornell excited to experience the sixth annual Latino Ivy League Conference. Cornell did not let down!
Saturday entailed a busy day with a variety of discussion based workshops. Workshops included The Power of Self Expression, which showcased the experiences of two students through monologues, The Forgotten Population Behind Bars, which revealed the growing issue of detainment centers and the impact it has on many families, Latinos in Higher Education, which stressed the need for a pipeline for Latinos into careers in Higher Eduation, and Day Hall Takeover, which brought back a bit of Cornell’s history in addressing Latino student needs.
Later, after a great networking session with companies including, Hilton and Google among others, and non-profit organizations like City-Year and Acacia Network, we attended A Klassic Radiance: Celebration of the Arts banquet hosted along with Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. The banquet featured key note speaker Dr. Jose P. Gonzalez, professor for United States Coast Guard Academy and poet. He emphasized the need for an increase of Latino involvement in the art world. He was followed by several dance groups, music performances, and poem recitals. The cherry on top was the buffet style latino gourmet dinner catering. Can’t find food like that in Hanover!
Sunday morning we met for a filling last brunch and the head delegates voted for next year’s conference location. I am happy to announce that the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting next years Latino Ivy League Conference. So look forward to applying if you want to make it to Philly!!
Pictures from the conference are coming up soon!