Tenth Annual Latino Youth Summit Features Sean Arce

October 18, 2012
  • Arce public presentation at Olympia’s Timberland Library, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., November 15. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Latino Youth Summit at The Evergreen State College, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., November 20; pre-registration is required.
  • Sean Arce will also be speaking at Evergreen’s Tacoma and Olympia campuses on November 13. He will speak in Tacoma at 10:30 a.m. and in Olympia in the Library Lobby at 3:15 p.m.

Olympia, Washington – The Evergreen State College will host the tenth annual Latino Youth Summit on November 20.

The Latino Youth Summit, sponsored by The Hispanic Roundtable, will bring together some 500 high school students from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties for a wide variety of workshops.

This year’s theme, “DREAMers…Change the World” stresses the importance of nurturing aspirations as a means of connecting and empowering youth. Workshops will cover a multitude of topics, including applying for college and financial aid, healthy lifestyles, and insights into specific careers.

The event will also feature Sean Arce, former head of the Tucson school district’s Mexican American Studies Program, which has helped to significantly improve performance by Latino students in standardized tests, retention and college placement rates, but is now deemed illegal under Arizona law. He and several of his fellow teachers formed saveethnicstudies.org to fight the law and retain these programs.

Other higher education institutions, including Saint Martin’s University, South Puget Sound Community College, and Centralia College, have supported and hosted the Summit throughout its ten-year history.

High school students can register online at www.hispanicroundtable.org. Registration forms, full workshop descriptions and other documents can also be downloaded. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants. Unless full prior, registration will close on November 1.