2017 Program Coming Soon [PDF] 

Southern Oregon University is hosting the fourth annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference on the SOU campus. The conference is a gathering of Latino high school students/leaders in Southern Oregon nominated from ten regional high schools: Ashland, Central Medford, North Medford, South Medford, Eagle Point, Phoenix, Crater, Grants Pass, Henley and Mazama.

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.

Our Mission
"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."