The Latinx Leadership Summit began 13 years ago to offer Auraria students the opportunity to develop their leadership from a Latinx cultural perspective. From its inception, representatives from CCD, MSU Denver, and CU Denver believed it was important to maintain solidarity and unity on campus. The purpose of the Summit is to nurture the cultural pride and identity development in the Latinx community on the Auraria Campus. The conference aims to build a stronger sense of community, belonging, leadership capacity, and a sense of activism on our campus and within our local communities. This tri-institutional summit intentionally commemorates the work of Cesar Chavez and recognizes those in our Latinx Community whose contribution and impact are reflective of his life, legacy and leadership.
This year’s keynote is artist Simón Silva.
Simón knows firsthand the importance of education and is the only person in his family to have graduated from both high school and college. One of eleven children in a family of farmers, he grew up as a migrant student and relied heavily on his artistic skills and interest to cope with what was at times a difficult childhood. Simon was born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1961 and came to the United States when he was just over a year old. He worked to earn money to pay for his college tuition, and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in California with his Bachelor’s Degree in Art. Simon has been an artist, author, and speaker for more than 18 years, with clients and collectors from all over the world. He has been developing creative projects in classroom settings, colleges, universities, and conferences.
What: Tri-Institutional Latinx Leadership Summit
Who: Open to all students, faculty, and staff
When: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: St. Cajetan’s
Cost: Free of charge