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Summary of the 24th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference, April 26 – 27, 2019

 

This year marks the 24th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic Issues & Progress (CHIP) in collaboration almost 60 local and state non-profit and Latino/Hispanic serving organizations.

 

The conference takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center in Elyria, Ohio.
 

Over the years more than 14,000 individuals representing hundreds of organizations have attended this annual event.

 

According to organizers, the Hispanic Leadership Conference serves “as a forum where civic leaders, educators, students, social workers, non-profit organizations, union and corporate representatives, Hispanic/Latino advocacy groups, and concerned citizens exchange views, network, and review information provided, enabling all to better understand the major, unresolved issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino and greater community.”

 

The annual theme of the conference has always focused on “Abriendo Puertas” (Opening Doors) and this year’s its subtitle “Awakening to Reality” centers on Mental Health for both youth and adults.

 

Some of its workshop topics seek to prepare youth for the ever-present and harsh realities of human trafficking and the opioid epidemic. “For our parents and families, we want to facilitate discussion around cultural mores which often inhibit us from recognizing, talking about and seeking treatment when it comes to depression, mental health disorders, drug abuse, physical and mental abuse, social isolation and other areas which left unaddressed, too often results in self—harm and suicide,” said organizers.
 

Dr. Salvador Treviño

 

The Lorain County Board of Mental Health has partnered with CHIP to bring in Dr. Salvador Treviño to provide a special didactic, interactive seminar on multiple culturally informed strategies and interventions illustrating diagnostic skills and effective interventions essential to working with Latino families and immigrants.  Along with this workshop for mental health professionals, social workers and counselors, Dr. Treviño will present the conference keynote address titled, The Latino Soul in Grief: Tales of Hope and Resilience to all in attendance.  

 

Other workshop areas include: “preparing financially for the future, Latina/Latino resiliency and perseverance, situational awareness, basic self-defense, human trafficking, the importance of the coming Census to Latino communities, non-traditional work opportunities for our youth, high school and college transitional skills, and the sharing of strategies dealing with overcoming adversity and recognizing/selecting appropriate mentors that will guide us along the journeys  we undertake.”   

           

This year’s conference will begin with a Speaker/Sponsor/Media reception on Friday, April 26, 2019 and a special screening of the movie “Shine” a Latino story about family, culture, and standing up for what one believes in. The movie, with strong creative and executive producer credits within Lorain, is based in New York’s Spanish Harlem where once close brothers Ralphi and Junior, two of New York’s most celebrated Salsa dancers, experience a devastating tragedy that creates a deep divide between them that alters their relationship and futures. The reception will be held at the Emerald Event Center located at 33040 Just Imagine Drive in Avon Ohio starting at 5:30pm.

  

The following day, Saturday, April 27, 2019, the Hispanic Leadership Conference will commence at Lorain County Community College with breakfast beginning at 8:00am and the program starting at 9:00am.

 

One of the highlights of recent conferences, which have been expanded each year, is the implementation of a Medical Corner sponsored by Mercy Health and the Mercy Health Foundation in cooperation with The Cleveland Clinic, other medical professionals and institutions and organizations dedicated to providing medical expertise to the community.

 

The Medical Corner offers free health screens, bone density and diabetes testing, and a series of other services to conference participants. Certified medical professionals will be available for consultations and advice at no cost.

 

The Lorain County Board of Mental Health will also offer anxiety and depression testing and advice to participants. Conference sponsors and vendors from a host of organizations serving the Latino and greater community will bring their services and expertise to the conference at no cost to participants.

 

Presenters/participants at this year’s conference include: Lilleana Cavanaugh, MBA, CPM [executive director of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs [OCHLA], with the mandate to advise legislators and elected officials on matters related to Latinos in Ohio] will moderate a special mental health panel offering insights into the impact of situational experiences, debilitating activities, and cultural mores on individual and community mental health. 

 

Also, Jim Powers [LCCC], Rafi Rodríguez [financial strategies], Dr. Marilyn Sampilo [Ohio MHAS], Marilyn Alejandro-Rodrígues (Cleveland Clinic], Juliana Cabrales [NALEO], Det. Sujeiry Coll [Lorain County Sheriff’s Office], Det. Dave Lottman [Lorain County Sheriff’s Office], Capt. Heath Tester [Lorain County Sheriff’s Office], Reuben Figueroa [Lorain Public Schools], Martín Céspedes [Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio], Anthony Nardolillo, Eileen Torres, Dr. Kathleen Kern [Lorain County Board of Mental Health], Rebecca Jones [The Nord Center], Bailey A. Ewing [Children’s Center of Medina County], Beth Ewing, Alice Blumenfeld, Moises López Ruiz, Alejandro Rodríguez, and Joey Villagomez.        

 

The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP) and the Nordson Corporation provide 100 scholarships to juniors/seniors from area high schools to attend the Youth Leadership component of the conference which this year offers a hands-on workshops on human trafficking [school safety director Rubén Figueroa] and situational awareness and self-defense [Lorain County Sheriff’s Detectives and Defensive Tactics Instructors Sujeiry Coll, Dave Lottman, and Captain Heath Tester].

 

Also, a keynote address from the #1 Amazon best selling author EJ Carrión on removing barriers, selecting mentors, and creating/accelerating your future, careers in film and stage production from award winning Broadway dancer Martin Cespedes, the director of the movie SHINE, Anthony Nardolillo and executive producer Eileen Torres [a Lorain Native] and a special career explorations “Scavenger Hunt” designed and sponsored by Lorain County Community College.  

 

The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Salvador Treviño. The Youth Leadership Component keynote speaker is E.J. Carrión.

 

Saturday Evening Gala

 

The conference will be followed by a Saturday evening Gala at the Emerald Event Center from 6:00pm until midnight. This Gala, sponsored by Mercy Health, includes dinner, acclaimed comedian Joey Villagomez, Oberlin College visiting professor and flamenco choreographer/performance artist Alice Blumenfeld, classical guitarist Alejandro Rodríguez, and flautist Moises López Ruiz. The evening will be capped off by the stylings of everyone’s favorite “DJ” Vic Santana.

  

Costs for the Conference and Gala are $100 (which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner), or $50 for the Conference or Gala only. College student registrations are half-priced and high school students get in at no cost. High school students participating in the conference receive a free Gala registration.

 

Editor’s Note: Anyone interested in serving as a co-sponsor, or interested in placing an ad in the conference program booklet for next year, or wants to have a display table at next year’s conference should contact Conference Directors Carmen Leibas at 440-258-8676 or via email at leibasc@yahoo.com, or Alisha “Ali” Pardón at 440-258-7250 and/or by email at monita2@hotmail.com

 

For updated information prior to the conference visit the CHIP website at www.chiplorain.com.  Conference Codirectors Carmen Leibas and Alisha “Ali” Pardón are excited to continue working to bring awareness and essential information to the community.

 

 
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Revised: 04/25/19 12:03:52 -0700.

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