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The purpose of the Latinx Leadership Summit is to nurture the cultural pride and identity development in the Latinx community on the Auraria Campus. With these efforts we intend to build a stronger sense of community, belonging, leadership capacity, and a sense of activism that permeates our campus and local communities. This 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.

Summit Schedule
Thursday, March 12th

8:30am-Ongoing Registration and Breakfast

9:00am-9:30am Opening Ceremony

9:45am-10:45am Breakout Sessions (Topics TBD)

11:00am-12:15pm Keynote Speech from Olmeca and Dr. Michael Benitez - Olmeca shares personal stories as a hip-hop artist, activist and scholar. He examines U.S. art, culture and, politics as they relate to marginalized communities and low-income families with access barriers. With humor, sincerity and lyricism, he delves into the notion of identity, while challenging the idea of “belonging” and what it means to be and become “American”.

Olmeca interweaves performance and dialogue into one. He makes music, lyric and poetry, not a performance to be experienced, but a form of communication to interact and engage with. Olmeca considers this a more holistic educational space that dismantles communication barriers. Throughout the performance, the audience has the opportunity to engage by sharing thoughts, questions, and experiences. He encourages all forms of communication providing the audience a safe space to engage in.

This is designed to enhance awareness about the experience of marginalized communities, first generation students and first generation professionals. Ultimately, attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of hip-hop pedagogy and how to better navigate conversations around poverty, race, gender and their intersections.

12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch and Entertainment

2:00pm-3:15pm Olmeca Performance

3:30-4:15pm March and Closing Ceremony



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