Southern Oregon University is hosting the sixth annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference on the SOU campus. The conference is a gathering of Latino high school students/leaders from regional high schools. The goal of the day-long César E. Chávez Leadership Conference is to increase Latino high school students’ preparation to become leaders and develop their knowledge about contemporary issues within the Latino community. In addition, the conference strongly encourages Latino youth to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. Participants attend workshops focusing on leadership, cultural arts, and college preparation. Students are assigned to groups hosted by SOU’s Latino student ambassadors throughout the day’s events.
- Conference Schedule
- Conference Workshops
- Conference Information
- Information for Presenters
- School Information
- Keynote Speaker
Friday, March 10, 2017
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Registration and Check-in||Stevenson Union|
|9:10 – 10:05 am||Welcome||Music Recital Hall|
|10:15 – 11:00 am||Session I||SOU Campus|
|11:15 – 12:00 pm||Session II||SOU Campus|
|12:15 – 1:00 pm||Lunch I||Stevenson Union|
|12:15 – 1:00 pm||College Fair I||SU Arena|
|1:05 – 1:50 pm||Lunch II||SOU Stevenson Union|
|1:05 – 1:50 pm||College Fair II||SU Arena|
|2:00 – 2:45 pm||Session III||SOU Campus|
|2:50 - 3:30 PM||Closing/Dance||SU Diversions|
|Workshop Title||Workshop description|
|Write Your Winning E$$ay||No, you're not seeing things. There really is money to be made in writing personal essays. Whether a job cover letter or an application statement for college or scholarships, Arellano will get you started on telling your winning story.|
|The Power of Education||This presentation provides an overview of the ins and outs of the admissions application process to the latest and greatest in succeeding once admitted, including options for DACA and undocumented students under the current post election climate in colleges and universities.|
|Exploring the Career of Nursing||This workshop will demonstrate some skills that nurses use in their daily work and will outline the many opportunities in nursing as a health care career. It will also review how to best prepare in high school for a health care career.|
|The Road To Success||Everyone has a dream, a goal, or something they want to pursue after high school. We will evaluate and together discover the tool kit necessary for the road ahead to your goals. Past experiences and poetry will be provided for students to place in their own tool box.|
|Animation & Mexican American Filmmakers||This workshop focuses on notable animation and film created by Mexican American artists, storytellers, and filmmakers.|
|My Story, My Identity, Mi Vida!||Culture, Identity, Storytelling. Come to this interactive session to learn about intersectionality, which are all the identities that make you who you are. Through the art of storytelling, you will be able to express yourself, and your lived experiences in order to tell your story, authentically and unapologetically. By the end of this session, you will have a greater understanding of your multiple social identities.|
|The World = Your Classroom / El Mundo = Tu Clase||The experience immigrants and children of immigrants bring to education is already one that is often bicultural and international. As you explore your college options, think about studying abroad! You have already learned so much through your own culture and heritage. You have already started on that pathway. In this session, students will learn the benefits of international education, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions about finances, different types of programs, and fears and concerns.|
|Exploring Cultural Identities||What makes you who you are? and what does that mean about how you fit? Join us to learn about yourself, dynamics of difference and Cultural Agility in a rapidly changing world.|
|Study Abroad while at College!||This workshop will introduce study abroad as a possibility for students, including why, where, and how to find funding. It will also include stories from students of color/1st gen students who have studied abroad.|
|Navigating College as a First Generation Student||This workshop will provide tips and suggestions to successfully navigate college and discuss fears, concerns, and/or questions for first generation students. We will also discuss programs that can help students succeed while in college.|
|Heritage and Identity Through Ballet Folklorico dance||This workshop will give participants a chance to consider the importance of staying in touch with family heritage as a way of creating a strong bi-cultural identity. The workshop will include a panel discussion, a dance workshop where students will learn a simple dance using skirts and hats, and a dance demonstration by the co-presenters.|
|Afromexican Influences in Mexican Music||When speaking of traditional Mexican music, many people in the US think of Mariachi music. A Mariachi is a group of musicians that make up an ensemble that interprets music often representative of the songs that became and remained popular throughout the decades, sometimes spanning an entire century. Though Mariachi groups are thought to originate in Cocula, Jalisco, these ensembles play songs from all of Mexico’s regions, including the heavily indigenous state of Oaxaca and Veracruz, a state of well-known Afromexican cultural influences. In this presentation, I will briefly speak about Mexico’s Afromexican history and heritage, its Afromestizo regions, and their music.|
|Life Skills: Investing in Yourself||Thinking about the future can be daunting and cause stress; by taking the time to look at yourself introspectively you can begin to map out the path to the future that you want. This workshop will provide tools that can be utilized to examine potential life/career paths. You will leave with a strong understanding of how to evaluate yourself to more clearly define and achieve life goals.|
|Facing the Issues||Identity barriers. Language barriers. Racial barriers. Even barriers for employment and access to needed services. Join in a fishbowl discussion on how these have affected current students’ lives and find out what some students have discovered works to minimize the negative impact of their personal barriers.|
|Opportunities for ELD/Bilingual Teachers||Discover a wide range of opportunities through SOU's ESOL/Bilingual Program and learn about the challenges and rewards of being an ELD teacher.|
|What you say without speaking||During this session we will discuss how our beliefs, attitudes towards life, culture, feelings, etc. manifest in our nonverbal communication (the way we speak, our posture, how we dress, etc). Groups that belong to a stigmatized minority sometimes present a phenomenon known as internalized stigma/oppression. We will review our agency to change these negative stereotypes and its effects both in ourselves and in the world that surround us as well as how to communicate the best version of ourselves, wherever we go.|
|Role Models and Super Heroes||Who is your role model? Are you a role model? As young children we often believe in the powers of super heroes, but who are the “real” super heroes in our life? This workshop will help students explore the importance of surrounding themselves with people who model behavior and ethics that reflect and/or support their personal and academic goals, while contributing to their community. It will encourage students to recognize and actively seek role models and mentors, and to know they too, can become one.|
|There is a Chavez and Huerta Within You||Could you see yourself doing what Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta did? This workshop is to critically analyze our contemporary movement and how we fit into it. A large part of our discussion will be to talk about ourselves and our complex identities. To open up the dialogue on our personal struggles and internalized doubt to become fully actualized. Exploring "Am I Enough?"|
|Microaggressions in Higher Education||This workshop will examine the concept of microaggressions as experienced by women, minorities, and the LBGTQ community. We will discuss what it they like, how they affect us and others, and how to combat them.|
|El Elefante In The Room||This workshop will focus on the Latino Identity Crisis. Where we will be examining, being the elephant in the room in predominately white spaces in the K-12 school system, Higher education and the work force.|
School chaperones please meet with your students prior to the conference to go over Conference Rules and Student Conduct (see School Info page). This includes school district and conference behavioral expectations and dress code.
Day of the Conference
School Bus Arrival/Departure
All conference parking (including Buses, Van and Cars) must park in Lot 36, the large green parking lot on Mountain Avenue (see campus map). This is the location for Students & Staff “drop-off” and “pick-up”. Conference volunteers will be stationed at the drop off site and will direct students into the SOU Stevenson Union.
If buses are not staying for the conference, they can then depart after students and staffs have unloaded. If buses are staying, they are directed to park in the back of Lot 36. To depart, at the END of the conference, students should walk with their chaperone to their bus parked in lot 36.
The Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference will take place at the Stevenson Union, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University. SOU map [PDF].
Parking on the Day of the Event
All Conference parking (including Buses, Vans and Cars) must park in Lot 36, the large green parking lot on Mountain Avenue for this conference. This is a short walk to the Stevenson Union.
Arrival at the SOU Stevenson Union
After unloading from the bus, Students and Staff will enter through the main doors of the Stevenson Union and go to the check-in tables in front of the Rogue River room.
Each student will check-In (by last name) at the registration tables in the Rogue River Room entrance. Chaperones will also check in at this location. Students will be required to wear their t-shirt and a name badge throughout the day of the conference that they will receive at check-in. Chaperones also will be required to wear their conference name badge.
All students will be assigned a group number. Chaperones are required to attend the conference sessions with the students and will be also assigned to a group. These groups will be led by Southern Oregon University Student Ambassadors at the end of the welcome session from the Music Recital Hall. They will lead their student groups throughout the day and to each of the assigned sessions.
All conference participants will be provided lunch. Chaperones will eat with their assigned group in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room. Please help monitor during the luncheon and program entertainment.
There will be a College/Career Fair downstairs in the Stevenson Union Diversions before or after lunch.
The students will be filling out conference evaluations at the end of their last session. Group leaders will distribute and collect the evaluations as students depart their last session. Groups will proceed to the Stevenson Union Diversions (downstairs) for the closing dance.
The conference will end with a dance held in Diversions, located in the basement of the Stevenson Union.
Each school will need to have a prearranged time and place to meet their students in Diversions for departure. School groups will need to walk together to their bus/vans (see School Bus Arrival/Departures section). Please ensure that all students are on the bus/van, and that they have all their belongings.
Substitutions and Travel Cost
Please let your school Business Manager know to invoice the Southern Oregon Educational Service District (SOESD) for substitutions and bus/transportation expenses associated with attending this conference.
Please contact Connie Lynn at 541-552-6899 or Anita Sartain at 541-552-6452 if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to a great conference. We want to thank you in advance for all of the assistance you have provided, and will provide the day of the conference!
Call for Proposals
The César E. Chávez Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 on the campus of Southern Oregon University. This event will provide a forum for Latino youth (grades 9 - 12) from seven local high schools to meet community leaders, take part in leadership and cultural workshops and learn about how to go to college.
We are hoping that our presenters will offer practical experience to help attendees increase their understanding, knowledge and skills in one of the particular strands of interest listed:
A. Leadership (The Legacy of César E. Chávez, Community Leadership, etc.)
B. College & Careers (Financial Aid, Scholarships, College prep., Admissions, etc.)
C. Culture, Identity and Arts (Poetry, Music, Art, theater, etc.)
D. Life Skills (financial planning, job skills, work/school/family life balance)
The goals of our sessions are to:
- Enhance the skills of participants and/or provide participants with useful tools
- Actively engage the audience in the session
- Reflect diverse perspectives by offering different viewpoints or including presenter(s) from different organizations (if more than one presenter).
What You Need to Know About Presenting at the Conference
- Session Length: Sessions are 45 minutes in length.
- There are 3 sessions available – one in the morning, two in the afternoon.
- Audio-Visual Equipment: Presenters are encouraged to bring their own computers with PowerPoint viewer software. LCD projectors and screens will be available upon request.
- Meals: Presenters will be provided with a complimentary lunch.
- Presenter Training (mandatory meeting) will be held on Date and time TBA.
Proposal Submission Process/Schedule:
- Please submit proposals by January 20, 2017. Use the link above to complete and submit a proposal.
- Notification by email of presentation confirmation by late February 2017.
- Session time and room confirmation by March 1, 2017.
School/District Participant Registration
Registration Deadline: Mid February 2017
The sixth annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 8 am to 3:30 pm on the campus of Southern Oregon University. This event will provide a forum for Latino youth (grades 9 - 12) to meet community leaders, take part in leadership and cultural workshops and learn about how to go to college. The day begins with check in at 8:00 am in the SOU Stevenson Union Rogue River Room and a welcome session at 9:05. A wrap up session and closing ceremony will be held from 3:00-3:30 pm. Lunch will be provided for the students as well as the chaperones.
We are inviting Southern Oregon and Northern California regional high schools to nominate a select number of students to attend this conference. We ask that two adults from each high school serve as chaperones during this event.
Transportation funds are available from Southern Oregon Educational Services District (SOESD) to provide chartered school buses to pick up students before school and return after hours, so please take advantage of that and make special transportation arrangements to attend the entire conference. Your school Business Manager may invoice the SOESD (attn: Charlie Bauer email@example.com and Maurine Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Conduct Contract (pdf) * Schools will get registration information by email.
Thanks for your help and support. We are very excited about this event and look forward to working with you.
"To instill in our Latino(a) youth the value of education, which nurtures mind, body and spirit in order to develop a social consciousness that empowers them as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility in the greater community."