The High School to College Transition of Latinos in Greater Hartford on Friday, April 29, 2016 at University of Hartford

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This one-day conference will examine the high school to college transition landscape for Latino/a students in greater Hartford and identify practices that improve their educational experiences, including their graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates. The conference will bring together the minds and perspectives of education professionals, researchers, and community leaders among others.

Register here.


9:00 AM Welcome – Dr. Kevin A. Ball, Associate Dean for Research and Community, College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions

9:15 AM – 9:50 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Enrique Sepulveda, Associate Professor and Department of Education Chair, University of Saint Joseph

Critically Engaging Latino Youth Identities in the Transition from High School to College

Panel 1. 9:50-10:50 AM

Examining the role of K-12 education

Moderator: Dr. H. Kenny Nienhusser (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, UHart); Panelists: Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership of Hartford Public SchoolsDr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Consolidated School District of New Britain Superintendent Ms. Nancy Sarra

Panel 2. 11:15 AM-12:30 PM

Examining the role of Institutions of Higher education

Moderator: Dr. Josiah Ricardo; (Professor Capital Community College) Panelists: Mr. Robert Cotto (and student participant) Trinity College; Ms. Awilda Reasco, Central Connecticut State University; Director Pre Collegiate Access Services; Professor Madeline Perez (and student participant) University of Saint Joseph.

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 PM

1:30 – 2:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Estela Lopez

Best Practices in Supporting Latino Graduation

Panel 3. 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Examining the role of Community Based Organizations

Moderator: Dr. Anthony De Jesús, Panelists: Tammy Lorenzo, Career Beginnings Counselor, Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Paul Holzer Executive Director Achieve Hartford!

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Closing Panel: Perspectives of Latino Students in Transition

Moderator; Mr. Raul Irrizary, Center for Latino Progress, Panelists, Shakira Padilla, University of Saint Joseph

***For participants who register after April 22nd, breakfast and lunch is not included. However, there is a reasonably priced cafteria on campus.

Friday, April 29, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, University of Hartford – 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117 – View Map