Southern Oregon University is host the César E. Chávez Leadership Conference. The conference is a gathering of Latinx high school students and leaders from regional high schools. The goal of the day-long César E. Chávez Leadership Conference is to increase Latinx high school students’ preparation to become leaders and develop their knowledge about contemporary issues within the Latinx 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 Latinx student ambassadors throughout the day’s events.
"To instill in our Latinx 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."
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- School Information
Friday, March 13, 2020
|8:00 – 8:50 am||Registration and Check-in||Stevenson Union|
|9:00 – 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|
|12:10 – 12:50 pm||Lunch I||The Hawk|
|12:10 – 12:50 pm||College Fair I||Lithia Pavillion (Small Gym)|
|12:50 – 1:30 pm||Lunch II||The Hawk|
|12:50 – 1:30 pm||College Fair II||Lithia Pavillion (Small Gym)|
|1:40 – 2:25 pm||Session III||SOU Campus|
|2:30 - 3:30 PM||Closing/Dance||SU Arena|
Nominated Students: Please take the time to review all the workshops. There are FOUR workshop tracks: College & Career, Leadership, Life Skills and Culture, Identity and Arts. Afterwards, make sure to click the "Register" button to register and select your workshop preferences.
College & Career
|Write your winning e$$ay||Discover what financial-aid scholarships are, and why they’re awe$ome! Learn where to find scholarships you can apply for as a student in Oregon. Understand how important it is to tell a good essay in the application, and write a first draft of a personal story that will stand out for a scholarship selection committee.||Robert Arellano attended six years of college and graduate school with the assistance of public and private scholarships. He has been a professor at SOU since 2010.|
|Navigating College as a First-Generation Student||Advice and tips about how to navigate college as a first-generation college student.||Dr. Sanchez is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at SOU. She is a first-generation college student, McNair Scholar, and advocate for first-generation students.|
|Air Force ROTC - College Scholarship Opportunities & Career Options||Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares students to become Air Force Officers while earning a college degree, with the opportunity to receive tuition scholarships. But more than that—it’s a challenge, a head start on a lifetime of success, culminating in an Air Force military career or provide leadership and management experience, leading to lucrative transitions into the civilian sector.||M.S., Intelligence Studies, American Military University B.S., Criminal Justice, Park University B.S., Kinesiology, University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, University of Washington (2016-2018) Intelligence Officer, U.S. Air Force (2010-2016) Security Forces, U.S. Air Force (1997-2010)|
|Getting the Gold: How to earn the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy||In this session, participants will gain understanding of the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy’s purpose and process. Additionally, participants will learn how the OSSB prepares students to be college and career ready, provides employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills and provides post-secondary institutions with a method to recognize and give academic credit to applicants seeking admission. Two key learning outcomes for participants: -Understand the advantages the OSSB confers upon the recipients -Understand the process for qualifying and submitting candidates for the OSSB||Tracy "Profe" Patterson graduated from SOU with a B.A. in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She studied Spanish in Spain & Mexico and Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Profe Patterson currently teaches Spanish for Heritage Speakers at North Medford High School and is the Oregon Dept of Ed. Biliteracy Seal liaison for S. Oregon.|
|The Insiders of a College Student||
College can be a challenging. Especially if the students does not live on campus. In this workshop, we will discuss several areas that impact the college student experience. We will discuss what is a typical college day might look like. In additional we will share the importance of setting goals and identifying concerns. The discussion will include Financial Aid & Cost, How to Balance Health and the Student Life, Mental Health and Healthy Habits, Study Habits, Time Management, The Commuter Life, Transportation, Social Events and The Importance Of Civic Engagement & Club Activities.
|Diana Ramos, Southern Oregon University student, majoring in Spanish Language & Culture and minoring in art. LSU (Latino Student Union) secretary. Nora Ruiz, Southern Oregon University student, majoring in International Studies.|
|Freedom to Dream: The Dream is Within Reach||What is it like to apply for ORSAA and/or scholarships being Dreamer or as a DACA recipient? There are many questions and fear that can arise when its time to think about how are you going to pay for college. Come learn from two Dreamers who have gone through the process and continue to go through the process each year. The Dream is Within Reach; Jocksana and Karla have pursued higher education and have been debt free, learn how it can be done. Si se puede||Jocksana Corona is a full time student at SOU working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She transferred to from Rogue Community College after completing her Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and an Associate of General Studies in 2018. She works at SOU as the Sustainability Equity Diversity & Inclusion Assistant. Karla Lopez is a full time student at SOU and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology this June. Karla transferred to SOU from Rogue Community College after completing the Associate of Science in Human Services in 2017, she currently works as an Instructional Assistant at White Mountain Middle School.|
|Your Door to the World: Language Opportunities at SOU||In this workshop, students will learn about language opportunities at SOU. They will find out how to get college credit for the Spanish language abilities they already have, and get a chance to see how their language skills transfer in fun introductory lessons to other languages offered at SOU.||Anne Connor, Ph.D. is Chair of Foreign Languages and Professor of Spanish Lady Vanderlip, MA, is Senior Instructor of Spanish Yuko Yamanouchi, MA, is Senior Instructor of Japanese Maggie Gemmell, Ph.D. is Chair of International Studies and Instructor of German|
|Empower, Inspire and Motivate to Achieve Academic and Social Excellence through Sports||LEaRN empowers students to set academic goals to achieve participation in the Oregon Latino Basketball Tournament. Participants will have the opportunity to apply and earn a scholarship through LEaRN based on volunteering, participating, cultural involvement.||Pedro Marquez has a B.A. in Education, is a substitute teacher and is currenlty in sales.|
|Minorities in Honors Colleges||The goal of this workshop is to give young students the reality of what it is like applying to an Honors College as a minority. I also want to encourage them to look beyond their GPAs and testing scores in order to apply to this program as we are looking to increase diversity. The workshop will also include the unique things that are accomplished during your time as an Honors scholar. (There is a lot of room here to improve this workshop, which I will continue to work on alongside with Dr. Chenjeri and Jonathan prior to the conference).||Dr. Chenjeri: Program Chair, Professor Dr. Prakash Chenjeri. Maria Rojas is a Sophomore in the SOU Honors College.|
|College Questions, Stories, and Advice||Join current SOU students who will share their ambitions, successes, challenges, and advice about their college experiences. Panelists will share their stories and reflections and be ready to answer your questions.||Jessica Piekielek, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, SOU Rosalinda Rivas, Undergraduate Student, SOU Alejandra Rodriguez, Undergraduate Student, SOU.|
|From Grit to Ganas: The Art of Learning
||In this interactive bilingual workshop students and educators will be introduced to strategies, techniques, tips and secrets related to memory, attention, focus and best-practices related to learning.||Octaviano holds a Master’s Degree from the School of Language, Culture & Society at Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a professional graduate certificate at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain and Teaching Program. Currently, he is a learning and development professional at Oregon Health and Sciences University.|
|Changing the Norm: Daring Greatly||Based on the book by Brene Brown, Daring Greatly focuses on drawing the brave personas in situations that we may feel helpless in. This workshop explores different actions we can take in order to embrace vulnerability and shift into leadership.||Genesis is an AmeriCorps member focusing on College Access while finishing up her last year of school at Southern Oregon University. She is obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology with the ultimate goal of getting a Master's in Social Work. Katie is a graduating senior at Portland State University pursuing a degree in Psychology and Spanish and a certificate in Chicano Latino Studies. She is a Rogue Valley local, graduating from Phoenix High School in 2015.|
|The Art of Leadership||This workshop will consist of different leadership methods, activities with the student (Q &A), opportunities in HS for leadership roles and what skills one obtains. This will all be tied with Cesar Chavez story and how he went from being "just" a migrant worker to a leader.||2016 SOU Alumni , Psychology Major, Parental Involvement Specialist at SOESD Migrant Education.|
|Liderazgo: Ay Un Poco Para Todos||Start with music and a little dancing to get the blood flowing, maximize cognitive function, and release those endorphins. Discuss influential Latinx leaders of today's time. - Discuss different leadership approaches.||Claudia Cisneros Graduation Specialist at Southern Oregon ESD. Migrant Education. Ernesto Hernandez Latino Club member at Oregon Tech; Graduation Specialist intern at SOESD Klamath Falls.|
|Farmworker Justice and Leadership||Cesar Chavez is one of the best known Latin American civil rights activists of the last century. In his life, he became a leader for farm workers of this county, urging his fellow people out of the fields and into the cities to raise awareness of their working experience and demand rights. Along with the help of Dolores Huerta, he founded the United Farm Workers which is the largest farm worker union in the United States to this day. Our workshop explores how latinx people are in and of themselves leaders of our society and economy, making up the high majority of the workforce that puts food on our country’s tables. We will examine a history of struggles and victories that farm workers in this country have endured and how this history shapes the modern latinx identity in the U.S. We will end with an update on the current injustices and environmental hazards faced by farm workers but also the opportunities that exist to become leaders of their movement and thereby revolutionize our whole country’s relationship to food and people of latinx identity.||Bianca Ballara graduated from the University of Chicago with her studies in Economics and Philosophy and currently works for Beyond Toxics as the Environmental Justice Community Organizer for Southern Oregon helping minority communities organize their own justice movements as well as pushing pesticides out of the valley. Ana Molina graduated with a Bachelors in Environmental Restoration with a minor in Soil Science from Humboldt State University. She currently works with Beyond Toxics as the Environmental Justice Statewide Community Liaison working at the intersection of how our environments impact people.|
|Barrio to Boardroom||Learn about the skills that helped a working class Mexican kid from the Rogue Valley go from sleeping on the floor of a tiny home next to the train tracks in Ashland to becoming an executive at technology companies in Silicon Valley. The session will cover Mindfulness, Mindset, and EQ with the opportunity to practice a useful skill.||Current head of business development for Concern, a nonprofit counseling and consulting firm serving many of the marquee companies in Silicon Valley. Former Human Resources leader at SST, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, and Palm.|
|Health-ish||This session identifies the ways social determinants of health can affect young adults and explores the ways and strategies we can address those issues to live healthy lives||Cristian graduated from Portland State Univeristy on 2015 with a major in International Studies: Latin America and a minor in Community Health. He works as a community outreach worker with Unete and assist families with OHP application assistance and navigation. Jovita Castillo is the Health Equity Specialist for Jackson Care Connect. Jovita was born in Dallas, Texas. She attended Texas Woman’s University where she received a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. She feels very fortunate to be part of her community and have the opportunity to focus on addressing health disparities and inequities through a social justice lens.|
|Esta todo en tu Cabeza Mijo||The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the stigma of mental health in our Latinx community. Discuss how mental health is portrayed outside and inside of the household. Provide the resources necessary to start a dialogue with family members in regards to mental health.||Jorge Salazar -Currently full time student working for a Computer Science degree. Arismendi Villa -Currently a full time student working for a Health and PE degree|
|Life Skills||Presenters will offer practical experience to help students better understand life skills, job skills, financial planning and life balance.||Jesus Murillo: US Army Veteran, 11 years with the Sheriff's Office, currently a patrol corporal. Luis Luna: Marine Corp Veteran, 11 + years with the Sheriff's Office, currently a transport deputy for the Jackson County Jail.|
|How and why to get into law enforcement?||Find out the basic requirements for law enforcement and the process to become a police officer. Learn why police departments are looking for individuals with good character, moral judgement, and a sense of serving others are highly sought after. Plus, a discussion on the benefit to being bi-lingual and bi-cultural in our community and local government.||Domestic Violence Task Force Officer with the Medford Police Department. I have been a law enforcement officer for over five (5) years, currently serving in SWAT and a Defensive Tactics Instructor. I have a BS in Applied Psychology, minor in Human Communication, and a Dispute Resolution Certificate from OIT (2010).|
Culture, Identity & Arts
|Exploring Cultures Through Virtual Reality||Students will explore cultural spaces in virtual reality using the HTC Vive VR system.||I am an Associate Professor in Communication at Southern Oregon University and my classes and research focus on culture, technology, and fashion.|
|Ni de aquí, ni de allá: Persevering Despite Hostile or Micro-Aggresive Environments||his workshop will engage participants in a discussion about growing up with a dual or multi-identity and the notion of belonging. And how to break through unpleasant social environments to forge one's own path.||BS in Business, Education Program Coordinator Born and raised in Salem, OR by Mexican immigrant parents. First to go to college and graduate with a bachelor's degree.|
|Social Justice through Grassroots Media Messaging||Latino forest workers face dangerous working conditions, wage theft, and workplace abuses. Stand on the side of justice by joining us to record video or audio messages that can be broadcast through social media like Facebook or WhatsApp. Bring a smartphone if you have one and maybe bring a friend along too. We'll have examples of messages we want to get out to these workers, but we need your creativity!||Paige Shell-Spurling studied biology at Portland State University, and now works as the Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Forest Worker Center where she is developing a series of opportunities for youth participation in media projects that can make a difference for workers.|
|The First Mexican:
The Story of La Malinche
|If you are Mexican, there is a good chance you are mestizo, someone who carries Indigenous and European blood. The origin of the mestizo can be told through the life of Malinalli, aka La Malinche. Her story is complex: a princess, a slave, a translator, a traitor, and a lover. Hear the origin of the first Mexican, the first you, the story of La Malinche.||
Raul Tovar Jr. graduated from SOU with a degree in Psychology. Currently, he is a TRiO college adviser and storytelling enthusiast.
Rosario Cervantes is a student at Eagle Point HS and the current president of the Latino Student Union.
School chaperones please meet with your students prior to the conference to go over Conference Rules and Student Conduct (see School Information). This includes school district and conference behavioral expectations and dress code.
Arriving to Campus
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.
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 at The Hawk. Please help monitor during the luncheon.
The College/Career Fair will take place at the Lithia Pavillion Small Gym before or after lunch. This is located righ next to Raider Village and the The Hawk.
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 the Arena, 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.
Substitutes & Travel Costs
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Laura Tolmich Laura_tolmich@soesd.k12.or.
Please contact Jonathan Chavez Baez at 541-552-6478 or Monserrat Alegria at 541-552-6378 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!
Exhibitors & Presenters
Join us for the 2020 César E. Chávez Leadership Conference
Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor or presenter at the 2020 SOU Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conferrence.
The conference will take place on Friday, March 13, 2020. Registratiion to be an exhibitor or presenter, will open in Fall 2019.
School InformationSchool/District Participant Registration
SCHOOL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2020 | STUDENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2020
The ninth annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 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 Laura Tolmich firstname.lastname@example.org for teacher substitutions and transportation expenses associated with attending this conference.
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.
Jonathan Chavez Baez
Coordinator for Minority Outreach Programs